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Report: Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins suffers torn ACL

DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn ACL, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier Thursday that Cousins had suffered a possible knee injury during a workout earlier this week. The big man reportedly bumped knees with somebody else and had to leave the court. Final tests are expected to confirm the ACL diagnosis.

This just continues a string of bad luck for Cousins. The 29-year-old suffered a torn Achilles as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018, which resulted in a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors last summer. He worked hard to get back on the court, only to tear his quad right at the beginning of the playoffs.

Cousins again worked tirelessly to return to action, and he wound up coming back in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. While he provided some moments, he clearly wasn’t himself as the Warriors lost in six games.

Cousins then signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal to reunite with Anthony Davis, this time on the Lakers. The four-time All-Star was expected to play a significant role, but now it appears he’s going to miss the entire 2019-20 season, or at least most of it.

The Lakers’ only other true center is JaVale McGee, and they’ll likely go out and try to add another one. This also means Davis will play more center.