Jan 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks on against the Detroit Pistons during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center.

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DeMarcus Cousins says he's "very open" to re-signing with Pelicans

He also addressed the Instagram controversy

Seth Dunlap
May 18, 2018 - 4:55 pm

One of the biggest questions looming over the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason will be whether they resign pending free agent center DeMarcus Cousins.   General Manager Dell Demps has spoken about his desire to have Cousins back, as has head coach Alvin Gentry. 

Now, Cousins himself has spoken out about free agency, his recovery from an Achilles' injury, and many other topics in an interview published with ESPN's "The Undefeated".

Asked about his level of interest in returning to New Orleans, Cousins noted that this will be his first time in free agency but he's open to a return.

"Oh yeah, for sure," he said.  "This is my first time in free agency, but I’ve been around this business long enough. I know how things work. I’m not out here trying to hold a grudge or anything like that. I’m going to make the best decision for me, and I believe teams are going to do the same thing."

Yet when he was asked about the team's interest level in resigning him, he deferred a bit.

"I know for a fact my teammates want me back there, but you know it’s a business. The people in the front office are going to make the best decision for the team or whatever they feel is the best decision. You know, we’ll see what happens."

A lot of Pelicans fans, and even some in the media, have asked if the team was actually better off this season without Cousins.  While most objective observers think that is nonsense -- full disclosure, me too -- it's something that Cousins has certainly heard.  

"It’s silly," he said. "I don’t think anyone in that locker room believes that. Not to take any credit from my team, but they stepped up, and that’s what you expect from your teammate when adversity hits and that’s exactly what they did. I’m super proud, and I give them all the credit in the world for being able to come together and make that happen."

What about the whole instagram non-controversy where he unfollowed the team on the social media platform earlier this week, leading to a few news cycles of constant discussion about what it actually meant?  He explained in detail.

"The reason I unfollowed them was, one, I was scrolling down my timeline and I saw a Pelicans fan page so I followed the fan page and the picture that popped up read, ‘Should the Pelicans re-sign or let DeMarcus Cousins go?’ So I was like I’m just going to unfollow this s— so I won’t have to see it. In my mind, that’s all I’m thinking. So I unfollowed it and I started noticing people asking, ‘Why did you unfollow the Pelicans?’ I was like, ‘How do people know I unfollowed the Pelicans?’ I ain’t even know that was possible. I didn’t even know you could know if somebody unfollowed somebody."

It remains to be seen where Cousins will be playing next season, but it's clear where he wants to play.

"Somewhere I’d be appreciated and a contender. A team that’s ready to contend."


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