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"Meanwhile in New Orleans a year ago the pelicans had quite the dominant frontcourt. Anthony Davis DeMarcus cousins. Cousins, then tore his achilles and wound up signing this past summer with the warriors. Cousins is still in touch with Anthony Davis, though, the Marcus with with the news that came out earlier today with Anthony Davis. I've always always curious to wonder if you've allowed yourself to think if things had worked out with you in New Orleans, and you had stayed there. Long term. Do you think about what could have been with you in? Before we you know, we've talked about it. We talk about it all the time. We feel it could have been something special. But you know. That's the past now. We're both on the bigger and better things. Now. Do you think he's going to like form this trying to form a super team? Try and take down the the big bad warriors. I don't know. We'll see. What do you think what would be do within like do? Is there advice that you give a guy like that? He's a good guy. He goes about things the right way. So he's going to make the best choice. Yeah. Marcus cousins did touch base with Anthony Davis, Monday morning Davis. Having the best season of his career averaging over twenty nine points per game and over thirteen rebounds per game. Multiple sources in the NBA. Meanwhile, expect that Davis and his agent will deliver word throughout the NBA that the preferred destination is the Lakers, and that he would be a rental player until twenty twenty with a trade anywhere else. ESPN's Adrian Watson around ski saying the pelicans are going to play this slowly. And listen to offers from all teams that come forward. ESPN NBA insider, Bobby marks probably the the misconception is that New Orleans has to do a deal by February seventh which is which is the trade deadline, and I I don't think that's true. I think if Davis was on an expiring contract, and it was going to be a free agent to summer then. Yes, then I think you have to. You had to move him to the Lakers or another team by by next Thursday, but found del Dempster gentleman's I'm taking calls, and I'm kind of going through. What's the best offer certainly has to be a phone call out to Boston? I know the Celtics cannot make a deal for Davis until July first there and kind of know what the parameters are. But yeah, I don't I don't think you know, if you're the Lakers. Yeah. I think there's a there's a high priority to go out there and go out there and try to get Davis right now. I think it it. It all depends on how New Orleans values the young players in Los Angeles. I mean, that's what it basically comes down to. And I don't think the Lakers can be picky as as who they who they put on the table. And who they pull off? I think if you are magic, you basically say, you can have anybody, except of course, except for the Brian. I don't see the value of their pick. Especially if you're a pairing Davidson James together for the for the next three years. I think if you New Orleans ship something that you maybe want down the road. But yeah, I mean, I think you know, we can talk about Lakers. We can talk about the Knicks Boston in the summer here. But I, you know, I think it just makes it I think I think Davis unit agent Rich, Paul norlander favorite favorite today and giving them clarity that they don't have to head into the deadline going to make going out and make reckless trade trading. A first round pick to try to appease a player to convention to stay this summer. I don't remember a lot of folks bringing up Toronto when it came to Kawhi Leonard as a landing spot. Is there a team that we haven't mentioned, whether it's you know, outside of LA the Knicks Boston the could jump in and end up with Anthony Davis. I will keep an eye on Denver. I think just because Kim currently the general manager worked in New Orleans at one time they've got a lot of young players their jacket goes out to the Brooklyn. So you couldn't try to pick until two thousand twenty one but taking Yokich off the board and and probably Jamal Murray off the board to players Denver. I probably would not trade, but you're looking at. Gary Harris, you're looking at easily Paul Millsap there. Mason Plumlee, there's a lot of young assets there that you can maybe put together a deal. If if the if the goal for New Orleans is to retool not rebuilt, you know, if you're gonna rebuild and. Yeah, then you go the pick asset route. But if you're looking to try to stay competitive with young players on uncontrollable contracts. I think I think Denver would probably be a a place to look, I'm I'm sure messiah Jerry in Toronto is we'll place a call. And and and you know, they've got a young players. They're also, I think you're. Yeah. You're right. There's always that dark horse team. We've we're really so focused on Boston in in the Lakers. But you know, New Orleans doesn't have to treat them to either place. They can take the best possible deal and let that the team acquiring Davis figure out if they can keep him long term. And at this point that doesn't seem possible as word spread around the NBA that he would be a rental player at this point until thousand. Thousand twenty if he's traded anywhere other than the Lakers at this point. So where will he go to the guys PTI die wilpon? Where would you like to see Anthony Davis land? I got a novel idea. How 'bout if Anthony Davis stays in New Orleans doesn't seem to want to know. He doesn't look it's great fun for the league and people will love basketball or watch it incessantly. Like, I do if he's with the Lakers or the Celtics that's the history of that league. But you know, what I thought New Orleans had done something when they when they be Portland the playoffs last series at a game off of Golden State Jrue holiday mirror found a spot. That's great for him. They picked up Julius Randle before this season. Each one more is a good combo guard is a better than a rotation player. I thought okay. Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the league. Yeah. Why why can't New Orleans? Why do you have to go to a big market? Just if I'm a small market owner. This would depress the hell out of me. Yeah. Well, what Anthony Davis is saying through Rich Paul is. I can't do this by myself. I'm not a good enough player. I gotta go with a better players are. And what this leads to is the same comment. We make all the time that LeBron James has changed the face of the NBA, and maybe all of sports LeBron James is the emblem for the power of players. Lebron James said goodbye to Cleveland. The first time around went to Miami went to Cleveland went to L A. He's a perpetual free agent. Lebron James's data important, and he is saying the Anthony Davis you come with me and we're going to win. It's all about looking at Bron James is empowering other players. The why don't those players say I'm empowered to go wherever I want. I don't need to hook up doesn't necessarily have to. But you know, what? It's fun. It's fun. Everything about the NBA is LeBron Centric coverage on this network. Bronson. Absolute Bron James is the star sports as a New Orleans. He's not going not just a big where are you going? We're drive away flying tomorrow, Los Angeles that send us warm. Don't talk. Don't listen, Mr. small-market going? Anthony Davis swans out likely destinations LA or Boston is coaching New Orleans, Alvin gentry. I think everybody understands."