Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins Diagnosed with Torn ACL After Knee Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 15, 2019

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) walks on the court during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins' season is over before it even begins because of a knee injury he suffered during a workout in Las Vegas on Monday. 

Cousins' agent, Jeff Schwartz, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski testing confirmed Cousins tore his left ACL. Wojnarowski also noted a timeline for surgery would be forthcoming. 

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first reported the possibility of a torn ACL.

Wojnarowski reported Cousins left the court while working out after "'bumping knees' with another player." 

Injuries have become a recurring problem for the four-time All-Star over the past two seasons. He ruptured his Achilles in January 2018 while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, causing him to miss the rest of that season. 

After he signed with the Golden State Warriors in July 2018, Cousins missed the first 45 games last season rehabbing his Achilles. The 29-year-old also sat out 14 playoff contests due to a quad injury he suffered in Game 2 of their series against the Los Angeles Clippers

In 30 games with the Warriors, Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. 

The Lakers took a chance on Cousins by giving him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. He was joining LeBron James and reuniting with Anthony Davis—after they played parts of two seasons together in New Orleans—with the goal to win a title in L.A. in 2019-20. 

If Cousins is on the shelf for an extended period, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel can use Davis as his primary center with Kyle Kuzma at power forward. JaVale McGee is also available if they want to keep Davis at the 4. 

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