New Orleans Pelicans

Alvin Gentry on Demarcus Cousins: ‘Obviously we'd like to have him back on our team'

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The New Orleans Pelicans want to re-sign all-star DeMarcus Cousins.

New Orleans acquired Cousins from the Kings in January 2017. After appearing in 65 total games for the Pelicans, the six-time All-Star will enter free agency this summer.

New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters Monday the team will do everything it can to keep Cousins.

"There's not one single person, player, coach or in the basketball ops department or ownership that doesn't want him back," Gentry said ( via ESPN ).

Cousins averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game in 2017-18. But, he was limited to just 48 games after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in late January.

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Without Cousins, New Orleans still managed to secure the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and sweep the Trail Blazers in their first-round series. The Pelicans went on to fall to the Warriors in five games.

Gentry said the Pelicans are still committed to re-signing Cousins, despite their success without him.

"The bottom line is that obviously we'd like to have him back on our team," Gentry said. "Anyone that thinks you're better having a guy that averaged (25 points and 13 rebounds) not on your team is really kind of not in tune to what it takes to win in this league."

Cousins said in a recent interview with ESPN that he's aiming to be healthy by the start of training camp.

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