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DeMarcus Cousins to continue rehabbing torn ACL with Lakers despite being waived

Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins will continue rehabbing his torn ACL with the Los Angeles Lakers despite being waived, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

The Lakers will likely officially release Cousins on Sunday:

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.

A four-time NBA All-Star, Cousins has career averages of 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists with the Sacramento KingsNew 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 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, where the Dubs lost in six games. Cousins rehabbed his torn quad in roughly six weeks just so he could play in the Finals.

Cousins’ injury woes actually began in 2018, when he tore his left Achilles with the Pelicans. He was on track to sign a lucrative contract in the summer of 2018 before he tore his Achilles. It’s unfortunate he had to get hurt.

The Lakers are signing veteran small forward Markieff Morris. They had to waive DeMarcus Cousins to sign Morris.

After defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, the Lakers are now 42-12 on the season. They host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

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