Agent: Cousins has torn ACL; may miss season

Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn ACL to his left knee, agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports told ESPN, putting his availability for all of next season in jeopardy.

There is no timeline for surgery.

Cousins’ visit to team physicians in Los Angeles on Thursday confirmed the diagnosis, which constitutes a third serious leg injury in the past year and a half.

Cousins, a four-time All-Star, already had mobility compromised with a left Achilles tear in January of 2018, and a quad tear in April.

Cousins, 29, was working out in Las Vegas on Monday when he had to leave the court after what one source described was Cousins “bumping knees” with another player.

The loss of Cousins could move All-Star Anthony Davis to play more center on the Lakers this season, with JaVale McGee playing more minutes at the back-up spot.

Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers in July. He was expected to be part of a Lakers team expected to be among the NBA’s elite this season. In his nine NBA seasons, Cousins has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds a game in his nine-year career.

Cousins signed a one-year deal with Golden State, where he spent most of the season rehabilitating the Achilles injury before playing 30 regular season games — and injury a quad in Game 2 a of the Western Conference playoff series. He returned in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Toronto.

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