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DeMarcus Cousins plans to sit out remainder of NBA season

Cousins is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered last August.

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It sounds like DeMarcus Cousins won’t return to the court when the NBA restarts its 2019-20 season in July.

According to Shams Charania, Cousins is planning to sit out the remainder of the season, despite interest from multiple NBA teams.

Cousins signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, only to suffer a torn ACL in August of 2019 during a workout that effectively ended his 2019-20 season before it ever began. The team waived him back in February, though there was some hope he’d eventually be re-signed for the playoffs.

Recently, Wizards guard and former Kentucky Wildcats teammate John Wall expressed his desire for Washington to sign Cousins for when the NBA resumes its season in Orlando. However, Cousins will opt to sit out and fully recover from his latest major injury.

The former Cat previously suffered a torn Achilles tendon in January of 2018 with the Pelicans, then tore a quad muscle in April of 2019, though that injury only cost him about a month of action.

Now, Cousins will hit NBA free agency when it begins in October, though he probably won’t land anything more than a minimal one-year deal. Hopefully, he’s able to get his career back on track, as he’s still a young 29 years old and should still have plenty left in the tank if he can just stay healthy.

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