DEMARCUS COUSINS IS A PELICAN now look at him get bucketsBy Kelly Sanders Feb 24, 2017
The Pelicans are expected to waive Terrence Jones after failing to deal him at the NBA Trade Deadline, according to Justin Verrier of ESPN. Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said the Pelicans will have to adjust from small ball to tall ball, but they can make it work. Not anything that we hadn't seen sitting on the other bench. Cousins averages 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Obviously stats are all we can use to determine this, and neither player has played together yet. but this what we have to use.
The acquisition of Cousins is going to significantly reduce the playing time for Jones.
"Having those two monsters down in the paint is great for the game", Durant said. More importantly, he has improved on the defensive end. The Houston front curt in the 80's may be the best of all time.
From a long term perspective, getting Hollis Thompson and Quinn Cook on longer (this year and next or more) minimum contracts (or slightly above minimum using the remainder of the room exception) could help fill out the bottom of the roster with low cost competence. Williams led the Rockets with 27-points.
"The energy in the building was wonderful", Cousins said.
"I'm more like relaxed and he's more like ..."
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It started well enough - Cousins threw some gorgeous passes to the perimeter from the post and made three of his first four shots, the crowd cheered his every positive play, and he didn't seem so out of place with Davis to suggest that the Pelicans had made a huge mistake.
Both men also demand hefty paychecks. It will all depend on what the Pelicans do to restock their guards and how fast Cousins and Davis adjust to playing with each other.
Now, who is ready for the debut of Boogie Cousins in New Orleans? Davis is shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc. Eric Gordon and former All-Star Jrue Holiday experienced the same decline in numbers.
The Pelicans trailed by as many as 35 points at one point in the second half, and while there is still plenty of optimism surrounding the team, it has a long way to go before being able to compete with some of the elite squads around the National Basketball Association.
New Orleans, meanwhile, looked very much like a work in progress, allowing 25 points on 20 turnovers and 34 fast-break points. Once it's time for AD to get his own $200 million extension, the Pelicans' twin towers experiment will have had plenty of time to show itself as either a colossal success or dismal failure.
With this trade, NOLA has officially become a destination. On paper, he looks like a great fit.
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