By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers built an elite roster to contend for a championship during the summer of 2020. However, one of their pieces has now been lost for the rest of the season before it even began.
One month after signing a free agent contract with the Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins will now miss the season. He suffered a torn ACL on Monday during a workout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
ESPN.com reported that Cousins bumped knees with another player during the workout. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the team.
Cousins was expected to be the Lakers starting center. However, with the big man being injured, JaVale McGee will have to be the team’s center.
McGee re-signed with the Lakers in the off-season after initially signing a one-year deal with the franchise before the 2018-19 season. The Lakers have no backup center now with Cousins injury on their depth chart, according to ESPN.
Since the 2017-18 season, Cousins has suffered a torn Achilles, a quadriceps injury, and a torn ACL. He suffered the torn Achilles while he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans when he was teammates with Anthony Davis, who convinced him to sign with the Lakers.
Then, in the summer of 2018, he took a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. It was a prove it deal to potentially earn a long-term deal in the summer of 2019. However, his plan did not work out like he had hoped.
In the first-round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers, he suffered a quadriceps injury and battled back to play for the team once again during their run to the NBA Finals. Initial reports suggested that Cousins would not play again during the playoffs – but he did.
The 29-year-old Mobile, Alabama native appeared in 30 games, including 30 starts during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game.