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DeMarcus Cousins ‘not at all’ upset by late benching in Pelicans’ win over Hornets

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DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have not yet meshed on the court, and that was painfully obvious in the Pelicans’ game against the Hornets on Saturday. Here’s how New Orleans fared by which of its star bigs were on the court:

  • Both: -5
  • Just Cousins: -5
  • Just Davis: +13

The Pelicans rallied for a 125-122 overtime win by sitting Cousins for the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter and all of overtime.

Cousins:

Was it frustrating? Not at all. The team was in a good rhythm. They were playing a good stretch of basketball. So, I wasn’t mad at all. Pulled out a good win. I’m not mad at all.

This is probably too little, too late for the Pelicans, who are 5.5 games and four teams out of playoff position. The priority should be developing chemistry between Cousins and Davis for next season.

But that needn’t be the only concern. Winning now and establishing optimism also matters, and Saturday, with Davis thriving (46 points and 21 rebounds), was the perfect opportunity to lean toward the present.

Credit Cousins for buying in. His attitude is under the microscope, and this is a good example of how he’ll react to playing for a winner. Getting benched would likely be so easily tolerated only with a victory.

The key, though, is winning more next season and avoiding the stressors that had Cousins and the Kings aggravating each other.

John Wall agrees to four-year $170 million contract extension

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John Wall had a designated player super max contract sitting in front of him (figuratively) since July 1, but he wanted to wait and see what the Wizards would do this summer, and talk to his family about a decision that could lock him in Washington for six years.

He saw the Wizards spend — they matched a max offer sheet for Otto Porter. He also looked around the East and decided this is where he wanted to be. He agreed to the extension on Friday, a story broken by David Aldridge of TNT/NBA TV.

This is a four-year, $170 million extension that kicks in after the two-years, $37.1 million left on Wall’s current deal.

Wall has developed into one of the top five point guards in the NBA, averaging 23.1 points per game last season while making his first All-NBA team (the third team, which he thought was a let down). He is a strong defensive point guard and still arguably the fastest guy in the league with the ball in his hands. He and Bradley Beal have formed one of the more formidable backcourts in the NBA.

Wall is now getting paid like an elite point guard, and he is just entering his prime.

Check out Boston’s Jayson Tatum’s 10 best plays from Summer League (VIDEO)

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Jayson Tatum was one of the standouts at Summer League.

The No. 3 pick of the Boston Celtics, Tatum came into the draft considered the most NBA-ready player of the class. He showed that at Summer League — he is a fluid athlete who knows how to knock down mid-range shots (and gets to his spots), he has great footwork for a young player, and can attack the rim. He tends to take and make difficult shots, but that will get harder against NBA-level defenders, and he didn’t often play-make for others. That said, he averaged 17.7 points and 8 rebounds per game.

Check out his best plays from Summer League, and if you’re a Celtics fan try not to drool too much.

Memphis Grizzlies sign former Oregon forward Dillon Brooks

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed former Oregon forward Dillon Brooks, a second-round pick in last month’s NBA draft.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 45th overall pick. The Grizzlies acquired him in exchange for a future second-round pick.

Brooks, 21, averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a junior at Oregon last season. He was named the Pac-12 player of the year and helped Oregon earn its first Final Four berth since 1939.

 

Looks like Kevin Love is subtweeting Kyrie Irving

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Peculiar is not a word that comes up often in NBA talk. Not sure it comes up much of anywhere unless a Four Non-Blondes song is on the ’90s station, but especially in NBA talk it doesn’t come up. Until this week. First, there was this cryptic comment from Kyrie Irving earlier in the week about the state of the Cavaliers.

“Like I said, we’re in a peculiar place. The best thing we can do is handle things with class and professionalism.”

Friday it leaked that Kyrie Irving has asked to be traded from the Cavs. Which led to Kevin Love using the word “peculiar” in a tweet.

If you’re unfamiliar, “kick some rocks” is an impolite way of telling someone to leave, or take a walk (kicking rocks on the dirt road).

Fun times in Cleveland. Kobe Altman must be having a fun week in his new job.