New Orleans Pelicans star big man DeMarcus Cousins will be a free-agent this summer and the franchise has internally discussed offering the talented center a shorter team deal for less than the full max, according to a report from ESPN.
Cousins tore his left Achilles tendon in January, an injury which is considered by many to be the most difficult to come back from.
The Pelicans swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round easily, causing some critics to ponder if the team even needs to re-sign Cousins. The 27-year-old averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games this season while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three.
There will only be a small handful of teams with max cap space this offseason and most won’t want to pursue Cousins at a max level, per ESPN’s report. All indications from New Orleans are that Cousins wants to return to The Big Easy.
Even though the Pelicans looked great in the first-round sans Cousins, there is no doubt they are a better team with him in the lineup. New Orleans will likely face the Golden State Warriors in the second-round and that series will show that the club needs Cousins and his scoring and rebounding.