Much like everyone else in the NBA, New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis was "shocked" to hear about DeMarcus Cousins’ decision to sign a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. During his appearance on CBS Sports’ Reiter’s Block, Davis opened up about Cousins’ departure.
"Of course I was a little shocked," Davis said. "But I know DeMarcus. He made the best decision for him and his career at that time and for his family. I understand it’s a business. Of course I definitely would have loved for us to keep going. But at that point, I’m not sure what was going on with his situation or what was going through his head."
Instead of trying to tear down Cousins for agreeing to the Warriors’ mid-level exception offer, Davis tried understanding where his former teammate was coming from, and what may have led him to where he is today. "It’s a lot coming from being traded [from the Sacramento Kings] and feeling like you deserve a max contract and then you rupture your Achilles," he said. "It was a tough decision. It was tough on him, and I think he made the right decision for him and his family. I’m happy for him."
Earlier this month, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry shot down reports that Davis didn’t want Cousins back, claiming that it "couldn’t be further from the truth." AD’s remarks seem to indicate that he’s trying to put a positive spin on a choice that has received nothing but negative responses. Boogie may still have a supporter in Davis, and that's saying a lot coming from someone who wore Cousins' jersey during this year's All-Star Game.