Cousins was also poised to be included in the Team LeBron roster along with team mate Anthony Davis in the National Basketball Association 2018 All Star weekend beginning February 18 (February 19, Manila time).
The Pelicans have confirmed that Cousins will undergo season-ending surgery. They are only a half-game ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers and three losses from being out of the playoffs.
Cousins and the Pelicans have enjoyed success on the court, a burgeoning partnership along with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, and optimism on both sides about re-signing in July. So it will be interesting to see how New Orleans plays Houston, considering the Rockets have won 9 of the last 11 meetings between these two.
Randle is on an expiring contract, which is ideal for a front office in pursuit of replacing Cousins.
"We've got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number's called, so we've got to make sure that we stay locked in". And for a fleeting moment, it appeared New Orleans could stand on the same ground.
Jordan Clarkson had 19 points, and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Lakers.
The Pelicans will get their first chance to prove they can still compete Sunday when they face the Clippers. And it makes some sense, I suppose. With their victory, the Pelicans improved to 27-21 overall, putting them just one game back of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the fifth-seed. "Even a team like New Orleans comes to mind".
The most recent example is Wesley Matthews of the Dallas Mavericks.
But, more importantly, will it be Demps' decision to make?
After mixing ragged performances alongside splendid ones, the Pelicans finally found their stride and their best lineup combinations over the past three weeks.
The matter also complicates things for Anthony Davis, who has been rumored to want to leave or be traded to another contender.
The rest of the Rockets, however, were cold from long range.
Cousins has been obliterating the stat sheet this season and was having the best campaign of his pro career, registering 25.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game entering Friday. Cousins ranked sixth league-wide and first on the Pelicans in Real Plus-Minus, and Gentry counted on Cousins' ability to handle a high-usage load and heavy minutes to help offset his team's major depth concerns.
However, it's unclear if the Bulls would have the same interest in Moore that the Jazz may have, as Chicago is already loaded with players in their backcourt.
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"I feel frightful for him".