DeMarcus Cousins’ playing status for the 2019-20 NBA season restart is currently up in the air despite it being almost a full year since he tore his ACL in his left knee.
According to Tania Ganguli of Los Angeles Times, Cousins’ agent, Jeff Schwartz, shared his client is still weighing all of his options despite a recent report.
Cousins was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers in February in order to create a roster spot for Markieff Morris and has not been on another roster since then.
If healthy, Cousins could be the missing piece that an already established team needs to turn their championship aspirations into a reality in mid-October now.
For the Lakers, a healthy Cousins could fill a crucial role if Dwight Howard chooses not to travel with them to Disney World amid the pandemic and racial inequality.
The irony lies in the fact that Howard served as Cousins’ replacement when he first tore his ACL in August and has played a large part in the team’s 49-14 record.
Before getting injured, Cousins was being considered as the third piece of their potential ‘big three’ alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles.
In the 2017-18 season which was Cousins’ last with the New Orleans Pelicans, he averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks.
Since then, Cousins has unfortunately suffered both a torn ACL and Achilles but managed to produce in the lone season he spent with the Golden State Warriors.
Appearing in only 30 games with the Warriors, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks in a career-low 25.7 minutes.
That would be enough to make him the third-highest scorer behind James and Davis this season and his ability to play the center position at a prolific level would mean that Davis could stay at power forward, where he is much more comfortable.
As the Lakers wait on Howard and perhaps Cousins’ decisions, Avery Bradley has already opted out of the restart with JR Smith viewed as the potential replacement.