Report: DeMarcus Cousins Tore ACL During Las Vegas Workout

Cousins inked a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with the Lakers this offseason

Report: DeMarcus Cousins Tore ACL During Las Vegas Workout
DeMarcus Cousins of the Golden State Warriors. (Ezra Shaw/Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / August 15, 2019 2:29 pm

It has not been a good day in Lakerland.

Demarcus Cousins, the presumptive starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers, reportedly tore his ACL during a workout in Las Vegas, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Cousins, who just turned 29 this week, suffered the injury on Monday when he bumped knees with another player. It’s the second major injury Cousins has sustained since being drafted fifth overall in the 2010 draft by the Sacramento Kings.

In 2018, while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, the four-time All-Star ruptured his Achilles and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Instead of staying with the team after being offered a two-year, $40 million deal while he was out, Cousins opted to sign with Golden State Warriors prior to last season on a one-year deal worth $5.3 million.

Now, thanks to the injury, Cousins will likely miss the upcoming season and probably have a tough time signing a big contract prior to the 2020-21 season, since many teams will be scared off by his injury history.

That’s a tough pill to swallow for a player who has averaged 21.2 points and 10.8 rebounds over his nine seasons in the NBA.

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