Anthony Davis called Julius Randle 3 times after he was acquired
Despite what seemed to be an inseparable partnership between DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis; Fire and Ice, the latter sought to bring recently-renounced Julius Randle on board as soon as the opportunity arose, according to Scott Kushner of Pelicans.com.
Randle ended discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers, agreeing to part ways, and only hours later after he became an unrestricted free agent, he had agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Randle said he reached out to Davis and then said The Brow called him three times “to get the job done.” Now that is free agency under-curtains at its finest.
Cousins had been reportedly offered a two-year, $40 million deal to remain with the team shortly after sustaining a torn Achilles injury, but that deal was taken off the table once Cousins turned it down. Boogie went the entire July 1 without a call requesting his services.
Davis might have been aware of the situation and opted to secure a frontcourt partner after losing Rajon Rondo to the Los Angeles Lakers in an unexpected signing to follow up the agreement with LeBron James.
The Pelicans replaced Cousins and Rondo with Randle and Elfrid Payton, who went back to his home state of Louisiana over a one-year deal.
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— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) July 13, 2018
Davis acted swiftly to ensure the Pelicans would land a frontcourt partner for him, and thanks to his insistence, it worked out.
Can’t get through a door without first knocking.