DeMarcus Cousins‘ time as a Laker is off to a worrisome start. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter), Cousins has suffered a possible knee injury and will undergo tests today in Los Angeles to diagnose the issue.
Sources tell Wojnarowski that Cousins was working out in Las Vegas on Monday when he had to leave the court. Woj’s report is otherwise light on details, so it’s unclear whether Cousins’ camp and/or the Lakers are concerned that the big man’s injury is significant.
Cousins has been hit with some terrible injury luck in recent years, starting with the torn Achilles tendon he suffered with the Pelicans during the 2017-18 season.
After signing a one-year contract with the Warriors for 2018-19, he made it back on the court during the second half of the season but tore his quadriceps muscle early in his playoff run with Golden State. Although Cousins managed to get healthy enough to return to the Warriors’ lineup by the NBA Finals, he didn’t look at all like his old explosive self during that series.
There was optimism that a full offseason of rest and rehab would put Cousins in position to bounce back in 2019-20 on a one-year deal with the Lakers. However, it sounds like his latest leg issue – this time a knee injury – could represent another setback.
However, before we speculate too much about Cousins’ outlook, we’ll have to wait for further details on what the test reveal — hopefully it’s not a serious injury.