Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz thinks he’ll be the starting quarterback when the 2018 NFL season opens in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 6.
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Rehab has been great, he said. It’s quite the process. It can be painful some days. But so far everything is going well. My goal is to be back for Week One.
But no team-building decision is as obvious as it looks. The Pelicans are about to face the Warriors — a team with four legitimate stars. New Orleans without Cousins has one star in Davis about as good as Golden State’s two best players, and a second sometime-star (Holiday) who at his peak is somewhere close to Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. (Holiday has been way better than that in the playoffs, but he won’t maintain this level. I mean, if he did, he’d basically be Michael Jordan.)
Against the best teams, you need some base amount of talent. Cousins ups the talent quotient. He raises New Orleans’ proverbial Marshall Newhouse Jersey ceiling. The two best teams in the West — Golden State and Houston — switch a ton on defense. A post-up brute with soft touch and exquisite passing skill is one of the only known antidotes to that sort of defense.
It’s not a foolproof counter. The Rockets and Warriors make it hard just to enter the ball into the post — ask Karl-Anthony Towns, though at least he has tried since Game 2. The Warriors might run Cousins off the floor. But it’s a better counter than anything Solomon Hill, Darius Miller, Ian Clark and Cheick Diallo are bringing. A Pelicans team with Cousins, Davis and Mirotic would have Golden State’s full attention.
Philadelphia signed all of their draft picks earlier this week.
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In the weeks after DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles tendon tear on Jan. 26, there was a consensus around the league that the New Orleans Pelicans would offer Cousins a full five-year, maximum contract despite the injury — or at least outbid (by a lot) what looked to be a limited pool of suitors for him. A small-market team desperate to win, with no cap space to replace Cousins, simply could not lose an undeniable talent for (almost) nothing.