Lakers Will Reportedly Waive DeMarcus Cousins and People Have Thoughts

The four-time All-Star had signed with the Lakers last summer, but an ACL injury has kept him off the court throughout the 2019 season.

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DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins' time with Lakers has reportedly come to an end. 

On Friday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported that the Los Angeles Lakers will waive the four-time All-Star, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the franchise back in August. 

Lakers are waiving DeMarcus Cousins, league sources tell @Ramonashelburne and me.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 22, 2020

A month after joining the Lakers, the 29-year-old center sustained a torn ACL during an off-season workout in Las Vegas. The injury forced the oft-injured Cousins to the sideline once again, and he has yet to play a single game for Los Angeles. What makes this announcement especially baffling is that Lakers coach Frank Vogel recently told reporters there was still a chance Cousins would return to the court before the end of the season.

"He’s on track to get healthy by the playoffs, and we’ll have to see where he’s at with rhythm and conditioning and timing and all that stuff," Vogel said Saturday. "But there’s a possibility he returns this season, yes."

That seems increasingly unlikely. News of the waiver came shortly after the Lakers reportedly reached a deal to sign Markieff Morris after he agreed to a buyout contract with the Detroit Pistons. Cutting Cousins would clear room for Morris, who is averaging 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game while shooting at 45.0 percent from the floor and 39.7 percent from three-point range.

As ESPN's Bobby Marks points out, the Lakers can still use the $1.75 million disabled player exemption that they received shortly after Cousins' injury. The money—which can only be rescinded if the injured player is traded or returns to the court—can be used to sign a free agent before the March 10 expiration.

Marks reports that Cousins will likely be waived Sunday night, assuming Morris clears waivers. 

The $1.75M Disabled Player Exception is still available even with Los Angeles waiving DeMarcus Cousins. The exception was granted as a result of Cousins likely out for the entire NBA season.

— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 22, 2020

Despite reports of his Lakers split, Cousins has seemingly remained in good spirits. He was spotted at the Staples Center giving hugs to team staffers ahead of Friday night's game against the Grizzlies. Video also showed him sitting courtside and doing his usual pregame work out. 

DeMarcus Cousins just arrived at Staples Center and hugged a couple staffers on his way into the Lakers locker room.

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 22, 2020

DeMarcus Cousins who was reportedly waived by the Lakers today is sitting court side before the matchup against the #Grizzlies

— Lauren Jones (@LoJoMedia) February 22, 2020

The NBA can be a cruel place.

DeMarcus Cousins two days ago: “I’ve never been a part of a team like this. Just the vibe of the team is like if we move it’s 1 through 15. One dude going to the movies we all going to the movies.”

The Lakers two days later:

— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) February 22, 2020

Of course, news of Cousins' sudden dismissal made waves.

How Kawhi showing up at Boogie Cousins house

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 22, 2020

Kyle Kuzma seeing the Lakers cut DeMarcus Cousins

— McG (@MatthewMcGovern) February 22, 2020

Boogie was just on All The Smoke talking about making a push for the playoffs and how he loved the prestige that came with being a Laker and how he loved how close this team was :(

— 🦦✨America Is Musty✨🦦 (@DragonflyJonez) February 22, 2020

Boogie: I’m going to comeback this season

Rob Pelinka:

— kyle (@knicks_tape99) February 22, 2020

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