DeMarcus Cousins reveals he knew about Anthony Davis’ trade request all along
By Janiel Abby Toralba
One of the biggest headlines this year was when basketball superstar Anthony Davis wanted out of the New Orleans Pelicans and publicly demanded a trade deal before the February NBA Trade deadline. Former teammate and now Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t surprised with the ordeal, admitting that he knew exactly when AD started to fall out with the Pelicans.
When asked by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports if he knew that Davis would be demanding a trade, Cousins answered truthfully. “Yes. As soon as that goofy junk went down. I knew exactly what was going to happen.”
“Of course I knew.” The 28-year-old added. “I talked with Anthony. Like, duh. Duh. It was just a matter of time for y’all (the media) to find out.”
The “goofy junk” was, of course, the Pelicans not prioritizing getting Cousins back in the 2018 free agency. The two played together for two seasons, but Cousins left and signed a one-year deal with the Warriors after he reportedly didn’t receive any other offers.
Cousins also revealed that Davis already wanted out even before hiring Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul as his representative.
“AD made his power move when he joined Klutch,” Cousins explained. “If y’all can’t read between the lines with that then y’all just blind.”
It’s hard to say whether Cousins really had a big effect on Davis leaving New Orleans, or if AD just really wanted to be in a championship-contending team. One thing is for sure, Davis won’t be in a Pelicans jersey when he begins the 2019-20 season.