The Los Angeles Lakers made a solid move to upgrade their bench this afternoon, signing Markieff Morris, who recently reached a buyout with the Detroit Pistons. In order to make room for the veteran forward, the front office had to part ways with a former All-Star.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are waiving DeMarcus Cousins. He signed with the team last summer with the hope that he would rebuild his stock, but he unfortunately tore his ACL during an offseason workout.
Los Angeles currently holds the top seed in the Western Conference. Cousins was hopeful that he’d return in time to help the Lakers in the playoffs. Clearly that won’t be the case anymore for the former first-round pick.
Despite the fact that Cousins hasn’t played a single game this season, it’s still shocking to see Los Angeles release him. It seemed as if the team was actually optimistic that he’d have a role off the bench during the postseason.
Lakers are waiving DeMarcus Cousins, league sources tell @Ramonashelburne and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 22, 2020
Last season, Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Golden State Warriors.
The past three years of his career have been plagued by injuries. Before he tore his ACL with the Lakers, he suffered a torn quad with the Warriors and a ruptured Achilles with the Pelicans.
Cousins is just 29 years old, but this is now another obstacle in his career that he’ll have to overcome.
As of right now, the most likely scenario for Cousins is that he waits until free agency to choose his next destination.