Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn ACL. This comes after playing just 78 games the past two seasons, missing the last part of 2017-18 and then missing most of last season with a torn Achilles.
The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 15, 2019
DeMarcus Cousins Torn ACL
What This Means for Los Angeles
This is a massive blow. There’s no way around that. After an offseason of the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring superstar forward Anthony Davis, they were counting on DeMarcus Cousins to be a key part of the team and the likely number three on the team behind Davis and LeBron James.
Things definitely aren’t bare for the Lakers after this, however. The team still has Kyle Kuzma, who has shown to be reliable in his first two seasons. They also have guys like Danny Green, Jared Dudley, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Now, none of those guys play the same position as Cousins, however, they can be guys that step up and replace some of the production lost by this injury.
After the free agency period was settled, Los Angeles was viewed as one of the favorites in the Western Conference. One of the main reasons for that was the signing of Cousins, which was a good under-the-radar move.
Now, he is lost and they will need to find someone else to step up and be a big man in the paint.
What This Means for Cousins
As mentioned, Cousins hasn’t even been able to play a full season’s worth of games over the past two seasons. Now it is looking like he will miss another full season.
Cousins is as talented as any other big man in the league, but he has quickly seen his career derailed by injuries.
Unfortunately for Cousins, he’s looking at being 30 years-old the next time he steps foot on an NBA floor. On top of that, he will be someone who has suffered two devastating injuries in his career, now with this ACL tear and then, of course, the torn Achilles he suffered. Not to mention the torn quad he suffered in the first round of the playoffs this past postseason.
Even worse for him than the injuries, Cousins is never going to get that big contract that so many stars in the NBA see. After being forced to take a minimum deal with the Warriors, he was forced to take another one-year deal with the Lakers.
Being a 30-year old big man coming off of two injuries, the big contract is never happening.
So, now he has suffered two major injuries. Both tough to deal with for him. But he also won’t have a big contract to show for it.
It should also be noted that he is going to get a second opinion.