NBA rumors: DeMarcus Cousins, ex-Warriors center, suffers torn ACL

Dalton Johnson
NBC Sports BayArea

DeMarcus Cousins' string of injuries has continued, even in the offseason.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Thursday that the former NBA All-Star center has suffered a torn ACL.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the former Warriors and Kings big man suffered a possible knee injury Monday in Las Vegas.

Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Warriors before last season for the mid-level exception. He was coming off a torn Achilles, and ended up averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for Golden State in 30 games. He averaged just 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in eight playoff games.

Cousins' time as a Warrior lasted only one season, though, as he signed a one-year contract with the Lakers this past offseason. Despite being a former star center, there hardly was any interest in Cousins in free agency, and much of that had to do with his recent string of injuries.

Though the Lakers signed Cousins to a cheap deal, the big man could have played a big role in their playoff push. Year 1 of LeBron James in Los Angeles was a disappointment that ended without a postseason berth. But L.A. revamped its roster and has its eyes on the prize this season.

Cousins reportedly was in great shape this offseason, too, losing 20 pounds. He's a big body down low and a 3-point threat. Clearly, his loss will hurt a Lakers team that's trying to live up to massive expectations.

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After returning from his Achilles injury and starting for the Warriors, Cousins suffered a torn left quadriceps in the first round of the playoffs. He returned for the NBA Finals, but he clearly wasn't himself.

Cousins made four All-Star Games with the Kings and twice has been voted All-NBA. The nine-year veteran has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game over his NBA career.

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