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DeMarcus Cousins ‘confident’ Pelicans won’t trade him before deadline

DeMarcus Cousins believes he’ll still be a member of the New Orleans Pelicans after the February’s trade deadline.

Rumors have persisted throughout the early stages of the 2017-18 NBA season that the Pelicans may consider trading Cousins, especially if the team fades from postseason contention. However, the Pelicans sit at 15-14 and currently occupy the seventh seed in the loaded Western Conference.

With the Pelicans remaining in the hunt for a playoff berth, Cousins is “confident” the team will not decide to move him ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

“I am confident in my team,” Cousins said, via ESPN. “I am starting to understand this business a lot more than I did before. You can kind of tell when things are about to come about. We’re a very competitive team. A talented team. I don’t think that will be the case at all.”

Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent following the season. He added that Anthony Davis has been trying to sell him on re-upping with the Pelicans this coming offseason.

“A.D. hits me with little jabs about free agency all the time, but he also understands,” Cousins said. “It was Jrue in that situation last (offseason), and we understood his situation. Of course, they throw their little jabs. They throw their little jokes. But they are serious at the same time. They are respectful about it at the same time. They have been great about it. It’s never been like a pressure thing. But I know where their heart is and they know where mine is. We have a great understanding.”

As noted, the Pelicans will have to remain in the playoff hunt or Cousins’ decision on whether or not to remain with New Orleans may no be his to make. That said, the possibility of teaming up with Davis for years to come has to be a somewhat attractive option for Cousins, who is in the midst of an outstanding campaign, averaging 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.