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Jrue Holiday hopes to influence DeMarcus Cousins to re-sign with Pelicans next summer

Jrue Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins

The New Orleans Pelicans shortly after the start of the free agency period were able to re-sign former All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to a lucrative five-year, $126 million contract.

However, his attention has quickly shifted toward convincing All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to also make the same commitment next summer, according to ESPN.

“I’ve already started” lobbying Cousins, Holiday said Thursday night after signing his new contract, which his agent, Jason Glushon, has said is worth $126 million, and could balloon to $150 million with¬†incentives.

Cousins is set to enter the final year of his four-year, $65.6 million deal worth $18 million. The Pelicans do possess his Bird rights meaning that they hold the upper hand of being able to offer him a full max contract of five years next summer.

Although there still isn’t much clarity on that front, the fact that he was urging Holiday to re-sign with the team is certainly a positive sign that he could be committed long-term. He was also reportedly urging other players in free agency to join the team.

That said, all of that will be determined by how Cousins and Anthony Davis play together in the frontcourt next season and lead the team to success. If the Pelicans fall well short of the playoffs once again, it could have a tremendous affect on what type of offers the team will present him next offseason.