DeMarcus Cousins: Los Angeles Lakers center suffers torn ACL

 eu.usatoday.com  08/15/2019 21:09:08   Lila Bromberg and Jeff Zillgitt

Four-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, has suffereda 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 Achillestear he suffered in January 2018 while with the New Orleans Pelicans. He then missed several weeks with a quadinjury 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 forceswith 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 expectationswill have to wait as the Lakers may be without one of those pieces for most, if not all, of the 2019-20 season.

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