Injury-nagged Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins might miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a torn left knee ligament, his agent said Thursday to ESPN.
In a significant setback for a squad that added star large man Anthony Davis to four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, Cousins experienced Monday’s injury working out in Las Vegas when, according to the article, he “bumped knees” with another player.
Agent Jeff Schwartz informed ESPN that Thursday’s visit to team physicians in Los Angeles revealed his third severe injury to the knee in 18 months, with no schedule for surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament.
In July, after playing with Golden State last season, Cousins was signed as a free agent on a one-year contract for $3.5 million.
He spent most of the previous campaign recovering from a left Achilles tendon tear in January 2018 but played 30 Golden State games before getting a torn quadriceps in the second playoff match that sidelined him until the NBA Finals opening match that the Warriors lost to Toronto.
Nine NBA seasons have been performed by Cousins, 29, averaging 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds a game.Losing cousins would force some important modifications to the frontline of Lakers, including possibly shifting Davis from power to center to substitute cousins.
It also figures giving JaVale McGee backup center more time in the middle, possibly a significant role if the Lakers choose to maintain Davis ahead with another versatile threat from playmaker James.