When the Los Angeles Lakers signed center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal this summer, the hope was that he'd start showing signs of being the dominant force he was in Sacramento and New Orleans given that he's further removed from the Achilles tear that ended his Pelicans tenure prematurely.
Unfortunately, the four-time All-Star will likely miss most of if not all of the upcoming season, as suffered a knee injury while working out in Las Vegas. It has yet to be confirmed, but Cousins will undergo tests that are reportedly expected to reveal a torn ACL.
Boogie Cousins' Injury History
January 2018: Left Achilles tendon tear with the Pelicans
April 2019: Left torn quadriceps with the Warriors
August 2019: Reported torn ACL ahead of first season with Lakers
DeMarcus Cousins Career Earnings
Not only did this hurt Boogie's career as a player, but instead of being under a max or supermax contract where he'll earn well over $100 million, Cousins won't see that type of money.
During his time in Sacramento and New Orleans, Cousins earned over roughly $79 million. Then he signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors while he comes back from the Achilles. Then, this summer, Cousins signed another one-year deal, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers that's worth $3.5 million.
He took another pay cut and now the big man has another setback in his career, this time with what is rumored to be a torn ACL.
DeMarcus Cousins Torn ACL Recovery Time
Cousins is still undergoing tests to confirm the severity of the injury, but let's assume it's a torn ACL. A normal recovery period is six to ninth months. However, tack on additional time because we are talking about an NBA player who is almost seven-feet tall and weighs over 250 pounds.
He's already had a major lower-body injury with the Achilles, so you can bet they'll be careful bringing him back to game speed. It'd be hard to imagine him coming back at all this year, but the soonest would be at the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.
DeMarcus Cousins Stats
Over his nine NBA seasons, Cousins has averaged 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 46.1 percent shooting from the field, 33.2 percent from behind the arc, and 73.7 percent shooting from the free throw line.
In 30 games (25.7 minutes) with Golden State last season, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 48 percent shooting from the field.