DeMarcus Cousins was given the opportunity to reunite with former Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis when the New Orleans Pelicans engaged in a blockbuster trade with the Sacramento Kings in February, 2017. At first, Cousins and Davis were having a hard time sharing the court, but they managed to build good chemistry in their second season of playing together.
Unfortunately, the DeMarcus Cousins-Anthony Davis frontcourt tandem in New Orleans didn't last long after "Boogie" decided to leave the Pelicans in the recent free agency. After Cousins suffered a season-ending injury, the Pelicans backed out with their plan to give him a maximum contract, forcing the All-Star center to entertain offers from other NBA teams. Cousins ended up signing a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors.
On Wednesday night, Anthony Davis faced DeMarcus Cousins' new team for the first time in the 2018-19 NBA season. As expected, the Warriors won the game despite not having "Boogie" on their roster. In a post-game interview with Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated, Davis talked about the possibility of reuniting with Cousins next summer.
"He will be a free agent next year. Hopefully, down the line we can reconnect," Davis said.
DeMarcus Cousins will once again become an unrestricted free agent next summer and if he manages to regain his All-Star form, he is expected to demand a huge payday. Pelicans' fans will surely love to hear Anthony Davis' early recruitment of Cousins, but New Orleans will need to be very creative to create enough salary cap space to sign the All-Star center. As ESPN noted, the Pelicans could be forced to part ways with Nikola Mirotic and Julius Randle in order to bring Cousins back to New Orleans.