After battling his method again from an Achilles’ damage adopted by a torn quad, this offseason was the primary time in almost two years that issues had been trying promising for DeMarcus Cousins. Seeking to be wholesome and in the very best form of his life, Cousins lastly had a full offseason at his disposal to correctly put together himself for a comeback tour.
Sadly, these plans got here crashing down when it was introduced earlier in the present day that Cousins tore his ACL coaching in Las Vegas. As soon as once more on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the way forward for DeMarcus Cousins is now clouded in uncertainty.
Demarcus Cousins ACL Damage: Doable Replacements for Lakers’ Heart
As horrible of a state of affairs as it’s to lose Cousins for the higher half – if unlikely the entire – season, the Lakers discover themselves now in determined want of one other huge man. JaVale McGee confirmed he might adequately fill the position of beginning Heart final season earlier than coming down with pneumonia, permitting the Lakers to nonetheless play a real middle alongside Anthony Davis. Nevertheless, the Lakers don’t have another facilities – or gamers able to enjoying huge minutes at middle – on their roster. Fortunately, there nonetheless look to be some serviceable choices accessible on the free-agent market.
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Regardless of getting up there in age, Nene confirmed he might nonetheless give a staff high quality minutes final 12 months with the Rockets. At this level in free company, the Lakers are unlikely to seek out any diamonds within the tough and needs to be trying so as to add a constant and dependable inside presence – one thing that Nene brings to the desk.
Whereas he gained’t blow you away wherever, Nene is understood for outworking his opponents and nonetheless has some respectable bounce left regardless of heading into his 18th season within the NBA. Whereas there are some youthful choices accessible with a bit extra upside, what you’re getting in Nene and if he can provide the Lakers 15 respectable minutes an evening off the bench, that needs to be greater than sufficient to justify his signing.
Deyonta Davis was just lately launched by the Hawks and comes as a late addition to the free company pool. Davis is a younger huge man with glorious athleticism that has proven flashes of being a excessive degree rim protector in restricted minutes. He wouldn’t be requested to tackle a really massive position with the Lakers and might be an honest choice to match the up-tempo tempo the Lakers look poised to play at.
Davis permits the Lakers to nonetheless have a lob menace and paint protector on the ground when McGee sits and whereas not almost as refined in both class as McGee, would not less than assist plug a evident want and permit different members of the rotation to not be pulled out of place to fill the opening Cousins left.
Faried is minimize from the same fabric as Nene in that he isn’t going to excel in anyone class greater than he’s simply going to exit and outwork his opponents. By no means one to submit gaudy stat strains, Faried is greater than content material doing the little issues to assist his staff that don’t present up within the field rating. Identified for his ferocious power, the Lakers might do a lot worse than a versatile high-energy energy ahead/middle they’ll deploy off the bench.
Demarcus Cousins Return Timeline Unclear
ACL tears are tough accidents to place a timetable on and whereas most gamers are cleared to return to basketball actions after 6-Eight months, it usually takes significantly longer to construct again the required energy and confidence. Per ESPN’s Kevin Pelton:
“Prior to now 5 years, no participant has come again from an ACL tear in shorter than 11 months. The previous two gamers to endure ACL accidents in August (Dante Exum in 2015 and Brandon Knight in 2017) didn’t return till coaching camp the next 12 months.”
So whereas we don’t have a timeline simply but, it appears extremely unlikely that Boogie fits up in any respect for the Lakers this season.