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DeMarcus Cousins Playing Recruiting Role for Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans have been very active this offseason looking for ways to improve their roster through free agency.

But one of the organization’s busiest recruiters this summer has been All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry–who is joining Cousins on a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa for this week’s NBA Africa Game 2017–said the Pelicans center has been courting players around the league to come to New Orleans. Gentry and Cousins talked to the media on a conference call while in South Africa on Thursday.

“He’s done a phenomenal job this year of helping recruit free agents,” Gentry said. “He’s talked to Rondo, he’s talked to Ian Clark, he’s talked to all of those guys that we’ve been trying to sign and he’s been very active in that.”

Cousins, who came to the Pelicans in a blockbuster trade on the night of the 2017 All-Star Game, said he’s worked tirelessly to help the front office bring more talent to the roster.

Source: William Guillory of NOLA.com

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Tyronn Lue: Cavs Can’t Get Satisfied with One Win

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Down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Saturday’s Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had desperation on his side as his team played with a have-to-have-it edge in their 116-86 blowout of the Boston Celtics.

Now Lue is tasked with distilling that same sense of urgency for 48 hours heading into Monday’s Game 4 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). “We know what it takes,” Lue said after the Cavs’ film session on Sunday. “We did it before. We’ve got a lot of veterans, a veteran crew and they know what it takes to win. We can’t get satisfied with just one win. It’s just one; we’ve got to come out [Monday] night and duplicate it again.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Luka Doncic to Make Decision on NBA Draft ‘Soon’

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Eight months after helping Slovenia to its first European Championship, Luka Doncic added a Euroleague title to his ever-growing mantel, which now also includes the Euroleague MVP and Euroleague Final Four MVP awards.

When asked by ESPN following Sunday’s victory what his next move is, Doncic said: “I will tell about all at the right time. Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will tell.”

Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN

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D’Antoni on Rockets Blow Out Loss: We Played ‘Soft’

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Coach Mike D’Antoni used the most damning four-letter word in the NBA vernacular — “soft” — to describe the Houston Rockets’ performance in the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history.

The Golden State Warriors routed the top-seeded Rockets 126-85 at Oracle Arena in Sunday’s Game 3 to regain the series lead in the Western Conference finals.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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