Four-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, has suffered a torn left ACL.
Cousins’ agency, Excel Sports, confirmed to USA TODAY that the center underwent tests Thursday to confirm the diagnosis and will need surgery. The 29-year-old suffered the injury while working out in Las Vegas on Monday, according to ESPN.
Cousins has dealt with a string of injuries in recent years. He missed much of last season with the Golden State Warriors recovering from an Achilles tear he suffered in January 2018 while with the New Orleans Pelicans. He then missed several weeks with a quad injury during the Warriors’ 2019 playoff run.
In 30 regular-season games with the Warriors, he averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks.
Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Los Angeles in July, joining forces with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Though his health has been up and down, fans were hopeful Cousins and Davis would make a monster pairing in the frontcourt.
Now it seems those expectations will have to wait as the Lakers may be without one of those pieces for most, if not all, of the 2019-20 season.