There are bad breaks, and then there’s what’s happened to DeMarcus Cousins over the past 19 months. After sustaining a torn Achilles on Jan 26, 2018 with the Pelicans, and a torn quad on April 16 of this year just months after his return, Cousins has now suffered a torn ACL during a workout in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports.
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Cousins, 29, was signed by the re-tooled Lakers on a one-year, $3.5 million deal this offseason. Cousins signed a similar deal with the Warriors last offseason, after his stock plummeted following the Achilles tear. Just two years ago, Cousins — who made the All-Star game in four consecutive seasons up from 2015-2018 — would’ve been considered a consensus max player on the open market.
Cousins averaged over 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 regular season games with the Warriors last season. It’s expected that Cousins, who was in line to play serious minutes alongside former teammate Anthony Davis, will miss nearly all of next season.