New Orleans Pelicans exercise Alvin Gentry's contract for next season

Observer Jeff Willhelm

Observer Jeff Willhelm

The Warriors and the Pelicans will match up in the second round, with Game 1 coming on Saturday (April 28) at Oracle Arena.

"The Pelicans sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused", read the team's statement. By first smothering and then desperately repelling the San Antonio Spurs, 99-91, to finish this Western Conference quarterfinal series, the Golden States demonstrated that a devotion to defense solves all other issues, including offense, boredom, weariness, neuritis, neuralgia and excessive stress caused by trumped-up worry. Davis doesn't need Cousins' peanut butter because Davis isn't just some jelly - Davis is Nutella.

Davis rose to the occasion when his team needed him.

The numbers bear this out. But it did. Seemingly, his gaudy individual numbers don't translate to team success. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was one of the witnesses to Kobe's injury-riddled final years in the league, and is said to be more than capable of deciding whether or not it is best for the team to go after Cousins this summer. Having up to four home games in the series is, indeed, an "advantage", as demonstrated by the fact that 26 of the 30 National Basketball Association teams posted superior home records, (the Pelicans, curiously, ended up with an even home-away record).

Lowe described the market as "tepid" and while Cousins might not be very enthusiastic about a two-year deal or three-year deal for less than the max, the Pelicans have won without him during the postseason.

Per the Ringer, without the slow-footed Boogie, the Pelicans have trapped the pick and roll much more aggressively with Holiday and Rondo.

Ultimately, this should all amount to just a barbershop conversation about Cousins with my hairstylist Katya.

That's not to diminish Cousins as one of the most talented frontcourt players in the National Basketball Association. Unfortunately, a torn Achilles this season has made his free agency value plummet in a big way.

"The Pelicans have broached internally the idea of offering Cousins a two- or three-year deal at less than the max, per sources familiar with the discussions ..." Returning to New Orleans certainly seems like a good option for him, but teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks might show serious interest in Cousins.

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