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NBA reviewing news that Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins’ harassment charges were dropped

DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins had a harassment charge dropped, announced on Friday, and the NBA will “review” the outcome of the decision, a league spokesman told the LA Times’ Bill Oram.

Cousins, 29, joined the Lakers in the offseason after signing a one-year deal with the L.A. franchise. Soon afterwards, however, the four-time All-Star big man tore his ACL while practicing over the summer. He is not expected to compete during the 2019-20 season.

Cousins signed with the Lakers after a single season with the Golden State Warriors during 2018-19, which was largely spent rehabbing a previous injury—an Achilles rupture suffered during his tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans. While the Warriors reached the 2019 NBA Finals, the recovered Cousins looked sluggish and inefficient against the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors.

First-year Lakers head coach Frank Vogel did not rule out the ten-year veteran center returning this season despite the ACL injury.

“Frank Vogel won’t rule out the possibility of DeMarcus Cousins returning at some point this season,” writes Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “Vogel said the Lakers aren’t “closing the door” on Cousins perhaps being able to return for the playoffs.”

Los Angeles, at 12-2, are doing quite well with Cousins sidelined, finding valuable minutes with JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard in the rotation at center (alongside All-NBA-caliber players in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, of course).

Last August Cousins was charged with a misdemeanor and third-degree harassment for an alleged incident where the former Sacramento Kings fifth-overall pick threatened his ex-girlfriend.