DeMarcus Cousins had his offseason surgery to fix his torn ACL. Cousins is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, but this may change. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that the Lakers haven’t ruled out the possibility of Cousins returning to the team at some point of the season.
“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said Sunday before the Lakers played the Charlotte Hornets. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”
Cousins inked a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with Lakers this summer. He did the same with the Golden State Warriors last season to show he’s worth the effort. But, Cousins didn’t get a chance to show he was right with the Warriors, because he returned late in the regular season and hurt his quad in the first round of the playoffs. He joined the team for the Finals.
The Lakers added Cousins to the roster to pair him with Anthony Davis who doesn’t like playing center and wants another big player by his side. The two have a good connection because of their time in New Orleans. Cousins went down, and the Lakers added Dwight Howard and applied for and been granted a $1.75 million DPE (disabled played exception), which they can use until March 10th.
If the Lakers use the DPE and Cousins made his way back onto the floor, he would be eligible to return. Cousins will have missed a lot of time in the past three seasons due to two major injuries, but he may be of some help for the team. If he doesn’t become an important figure, Cousins may be a potential trade candidate in some scenarios.
Let’s see what happens next in the NBA. Most teams are ready for a big shot, and they are all ready for the finals. Every team added a big player, which means they won’t give up without a fight this season.