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New Report Implies Anthony Davis Didn't Want DeMarcus Cousins Back

A closeup of Anthony Davis in his New Orleans Pelicans uniform.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 28: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Smoothie King Center on October 28, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The NBA world was stunned by the Golden State Warriors' signing of DeMarcus Cousins. If Cousins is healthy, Golden State has an All-Star-caliber big man.

Cousins and Anthony Davis were both All-Stars with the New Orleans Pelicans last year. New Orleans didn't seem to be interested in bringing Cousins back though.

The Pelicans signed former Los Angeles Lakers power forward Julius Randle, who like Davis and Cousins, played for Kentucky. He will see plenty of time alongside "The Brow."

At least one reporter is saying Davis' lack of desire to play with Cousins partially caused New Orleans' reluctance to bring him back.

Andrew Doak of WWL-TV had this to say:

Considering Davis wore Cousins' jersey in the All-Star Game after the latter suffered a season-ending injury, it seems unlikely that there was a major beef between the two.

Not saying there isn't anything to what Doak is saying, it's just that there wasn't any obvious discord to point out.

The Pelicans did reach the second round of the playoffs without Cousins, so you could make the case the team might work better with only one big man. Whether Davis pushed his fellow Wildcat out of town is a different story though.