Things took a dark turn for DeMarcus Cousins this summer. After suffering from injuries for most of last season (including a torn Achilles), he signed with the Lakers only to tear his ACL before the season ever began.
Most are calling it the end for him, especially since his replacement (Dwight Howard) is doing well.
But according to Head Coach Frank Vogel in a recent interview with Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, there is a possibility the 4x All-Star could return this season.
“Frank Vogel won’t rule out the possibility of DeMarcus Cousins returning at some point this season. Vogel said the Lakers aren’t ‘closing the door’ on Cousins perhaps being able to return for the playoffs.”
No doubt, the chances of a return are minimal. Still, they are there nonetheless.
For the Warriors last season, he showed he was still capable of producing valuable minutes in the NBA. He averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists on 48% shooting. The Lakers signed him with hopes that he would produce those same numbers for them.
In the postseason especially, that kind of production would be valuable for them.
Going forward, it all hinges on Cousins. It will be up to him to not only work his way back to the league but prove he can still play at a high level.