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#pounditWednesday, August 12, 2020

DeMarcus Cousins waived by Lakers to make room for Markieff Morris

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins’ Los Angeles Lakers career is over without ever playing in a game for the franchise.

Cousins will be waived by the Lakers to clear a roster spot for new signing Markieff Morris, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

Cousins was never likely to factor heavily into the Lakers’ plans after tearing his ACL in August. He’s unlikely to play for any team during the regular season and the only real chance he’d have had to suit up for the Lakers would have been if they’d gone deep into the postseason. Even then, if he had any role, it likely would have been very minor.

The center has played in only 78 games since the end of the 2016-17 season due to repeated injuries, including two torn ACLs and a quad problem. He had a hard time finding a market in free agency last summer, and that will probably be the case this summer as well due to his inability to stay on the court.

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