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Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins working out ahead of training camp


Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are already getting a jump on next season.

The Pelicans’ big men have begun working out together in Los Angeles and Las Vegas in an effort to get ahead of training camp and the 2017-18 season after being unable to practice together last year.

We’ve just tried to get in as much work as possible this summer, Davis said, via the team’s website. We didn’t have that much time last season to work out with each other, because we didn’t have training camp or [many practices]. So we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity, where we had time in the summer in the same city and can get in some work in together, because we’ll be playing with each other a lot.

It was a roller-coaster ride for me and an inconsistent year for us as an organization, Drummond said, via The Detroit News. We were really hot and cold, and dealing with Reggie (Jackson) being injured was tough to get adjusted to Ish (Smith) right away.

My play wasn’t where it was supposed to be and I take responsibility for that as well; I wasn’t playing up to my potential and I can’t allow that to happen again.

Drummond, who will turn 24 later this month, underwent sinus surgery earlier this year, and he feels the procedure will help him rediscover his form.

I’m not going to play with a filter anymore; I’m going to play the game I need to play to be a great player for my team, Drummond said. I feel like I’m in great shape and I can actually breathe. I don’t get tired as easily and I’m sleeping better. Everything has been a plus since I got that surgery.

The Pistons finished last season 37-45, which kept them out of the playoffs. This offseason, they traded Marcus Morris to the Celtics for shooting guard Avery Bradley, who will instantly be the team’s best perimeter shooter and defender.

If Drummond is able to replicate his 2015-16 season, this Pistons could throw their name into the mix in the Eastern Conference.

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