DeMarcus Cousins allowed to continue rehab at Lakers’ facility despite release
Veteran big man DeMarcus Cousins is allowed to continue his ACL rehab at the Los Angeles Lakers’ facilities despite being released by the team, per Marc Stein of The New York Times.
The Lakers will likely officially release Cousins on Sunday:
NBA rules allow a player waived when injured to continue rehabbing with that team. DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to be formally released by the Lakers until Sunday … and is expected to be granted access to keep using Laker facilities in his comeback from an ACL tear if needed
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 22, 2020
Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Lakers this past summer. He was projected to be the team’s backup center before tearing his ACL. Dwight Howard is playing that role now.
Cousins, who is a four-time NBA All-Star, has career averages of 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists with the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors. He tore his left quad in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with the Warriors against the Los Angeles Clippers, but was able to play in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, where the Dubs lost in six games. Cousins rehabbed his torn quad in six weeks.
Cousins’ injury woes began in 2018, when he tore his left Achilles with the Pelicans. He was actually on track to sign a lucrative contract in the summer of 2018 before he tore his Achilles.
The Lakers are signing veteran small forward Markieff Morris. They had to waive DeMarcus Cousins to sign Morris.
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