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Anthony Davis and the DeMarcus Cousins meeting as teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers apparently took a long time to come.
According to Athletic & # 39; s Bill OramCousins said during a conference call to reporters Wednesday that he, Davis and Lakers leader Rajon Rondo "had several conversations" about the meeting.
"He and AD had frequently discussed the possibility of playing together again and that they did not want it to end the first time," added Oram.
Cousins, Davis and Rondo played alongside the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2017-18 season. The two prominent men also spent time together on the Pelicans in 2016-17.
However, the Cousins' tenure in New Orleans abruptly ends because of an Achilles breakup suffered in January 2018. The Pelicans did not bring back the quadruple All-StarAt the end of the 2017-18 season, he instead signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Davis continued to play for the Pelicans until he was traded to the Lakers this season, and he and Cousins will again be side by side in 2019-20, the latter having agreed to a contract. One year. with L.A. after a torn quad in the 2019 playoffs.
In November 2018, Davis predicted that this would be the result.
"[Cousins] will be a free agent next year, "Davis told ESPN Marc J. Spears. "Let's hope we can reconnect later."
Both have always had a strong connection. After the devastating injury of Achilles of Cousins, Davis wore teammate's # 0 jersey to start the NBA All-Star Game 2018. Now they can once again wear the same uniform and compete to do something that they could not achieve in New Orleans: win a championship.
"I think we're a pretty big-money duo," said Cousins Wednesday, according to Harrison Faigen Silver Screen & Roll by SB Nation. "That's partly why we wanted to become teammates again, we realized how much we better each other and how much we made the game easier for each other." So, I think we both appreciate the presence of each other.
"To add LeBron James to the mix, I think his resume speaks for himself.Have one of the greatest players in the game added to [Davis and me]. It should be an exciting season. "
Injuries are the only thing that could derail what many members of the Lakers and surrounding area expect from an exciting season. If everyone stays healthy, the Lakers can go as far as possible.