After six years in Sacramento, relations between the organization and DeMarcus Cousins finally soured and he was traded to the Pelicans at the trade deadline following 55 games with the Kings. Prior to the trade, Cousins had averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.4 steals across 34.4 minutes, making him one of the more versatile multi-category Fantasy players at the center position. For the final 17 games of the season with the Pelicans, Cousins saw his scoring take a hit with an average of just 24.4 points, which was fully expected considering he joined a much more talented roster that features superstar Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. His assists (3.9) and blocks (1.1) also went down, but he did see a spike in his rebounds (12.4) and steals (1.5), so the move wasn't all negative in terms of his value. Going into the 2017-18 campaign, Cousins is expected to take on a similar role in the frontcourt, teaming up with Davis as one of the league's most talented frontcourts. The Pelicans signed Rajon Rondo in free agency to pair with Holiday in the backcourt, which adds another willing passer who should have no problem getting Cousins open looks on a regular basis. With Cousins continuing to improve as a three-point shooter -- boasting a career-high 36.1 percent from three-point land last season -- he's added yet another category to his Fantasy profile, while also making himself harder to guard. He should be one of the best all-around bigs in terms of his cross-category production and should be a top-5 center yet again despite his points per game potentially going down in his first full season working alongside Davis, Holiday and Rondo.
Cousins (Achilles) will not play during the Pelicans' season finale Wednesday against the Trail Blazers. Cousins will miss his fourth straight game with a sore Achilles, officially ending his season. He'll finish the year averaging 27.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks across 34.2 minutes per game while knocking down a career-high 36.1 percent of his threes. In his absence, expect Alexis Ajinca and Donatas Motiejunas to see extended run at the center slot.
Cousins (Achilles) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Lakers. Cousins will miss his third straight game, and it wouldn't be surprising if he was ultimately ruled out of Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Trail Blazers as well, given that the Pelicans have little incentive to run the star big man out on the court at less-than-optimal health. Anthony Davis (knee) is also sitting for a second straight game, so expect coach Alvin Gentry to divvy up the minutes in the frontcourt among Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca, Donatas Motiejunas and Cheick Diallo.
Cousins (Achilles) will not play Saturday against the Warriors. Cousins was held out of action Friday against Denver, and he'll remain out as the Pelicans play on the second night of a back-to-back. With the team out of playoff contention, New Orleans will also hold Anthony Davis (knee) out of action, meaning the likes of Donatas Motiejunas, Dante Cunningham and Alexis Ajinca should all see big minutes Saturday. Consider Cousins questionable to play Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Cousins (Achilles) has been ruled out for Friday's game versus the Nuggets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports. After playing 35 minutes in each of the previous four games the team will opt to take it easy on Cousins' sore Achilles. The caution is unsurprising given the Pelicans have been eliminated from playoff contention. His status for Saturday's matchup against the Warriors is unknown at this time. Look for Dante Cunningham and Alexis Ajinca to see their workloads in the frontcourt increase due to Cousins' absence.
Cousins is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Nuggets due to a sore Achilles. Cousins has played at least 35 minutes in each of the last four games, and the team will keep an eye on his Achilles, which has presented some minor soreness over the last few days. With the Pelicans out of playoff contention, Cousins has no reason to play through discomfort, so be sure to keep an eye on his status following shootaround Friday. Cousins is coming off of a 30-point, 14-rebound, nine-assist effort Tuesday against Denver.
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