Looking at LeBron James' selections in the 2018 All-Star Game, one has to wonder: would James leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to team up with two generational big men in DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans this summer?
The injury happened late in the Pelicans 115-113 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before injuring his left Achilles.Team officials said an MRI will determine the severity of the injury.
The gamble to pair All-Star big men Cousins and Davis together appeared to be paying off in a big way. He is obviously one of New Orleans' most irreplaceable players, and a long-term injury to him would be thoroughly devastating to their playoff hopes in the Western Conference. A shorter one? Or should they trade Cousins to a tanking team before the February 8 deadline in exchange for a contributor who can help save the current season? Tonight's game will take place from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and will air live on ESPN. After undergoing surgery to fix a torn hamstring before training camp, Hill has yet to play this season but has targeted a February return.
But will Demps be evaluated on the team's best stretch of the season or the final result at season's end?
The Pelicans' win over Houston was one of the team's most dramatic of the season and easily could be considered their most important victory to date, but Cousins' season-ending injury made it a bittersweet night for the franchise.
Seldom used Asik seems to be the only player whose contract they'd have real difficulty moving. He carried the Pelicans while Cousins sat after picking up two fouls in the first four minutes, scoring 16 points in the first quarter.
He is averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists and was set to play alongside National Basketball Association icon James and Pelicans team-mate Anthony Davis in next month's All-Star game.
The Pelicans will now have to close the final third of the season without their second best player.
Cousins and the Pelicans have enjoyed success on the court, a burgeoning partnership along with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, and optimism on both sides about re-signing in July. Right now, the center will have to rehab and get back to form from the injury. And even if they should do so, they're not going to last long.
Cousins has played in all 48 of the Pelicans' games this season, and he has dealt with very few injury issues throughout his career.