Pelicans void sale of playoff tickets after code leaked to public

Pelicans void sale of playoff tickets after code leaked to public

Pelicans void sale of playoff tickets after code leaked to public

Even assuming he is 100 percent healthy, should New Orleans offer a max contract to a player who wins as rarely as Cousins? Granted, Portland's average point-differential of only -3.2 points per game in that five-game stretch is far less worrying. Over the past three seasons, ESPN's estimated wins added (EWA) had Cousins adding anywhere between 14-17 wins a season, making him (statistically) one of the 10-15 most valuable players in the National Basketball Association.

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. Unsurprisingly, the answer is a little bit of both.

The Pelicans could be one of the surprise packages in this year's playoffs after a convincing sweep of the Trail Blazers in the first round, so either the Warriors or the Spurs are going to have a tough time playing against them in the second round. Achilles injuries are no joke to basketball players, but many have come back strong and continued on to big things after recovering.

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Another disadvantage of this defensive scheme is how heavily it relies on Nurkic to make a stop in the paint. Portland has a solid young core in Lillard, McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic. Especially not in this situation, where DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are so close. He is a four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA second-team selection who averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game this season.

Davis is under contract for three more seasons. Jrue Holiday played out of his mind, slashing 27.8/4.0/6.5 on 56.8% shooting (a dramatic increase from his regular season numbers of 19.0/4.5/6.0 on 49.4%). Davis doesn't need Cousins' peanut butter because Davis isn't just some jelly - Davis is Nutella.

Moreover, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski reported last month that the Lakers are planning to move their focus from this summer's free agency to next year's if they are unable to get James or George in the upcoming offseason.

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