According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, releasing DeMarcus Cousins was always on the table for the Los Angeles Lakers after the center tore his left ACL in a pick-up game in Las Vegas.
Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in free agency this offseason, will miss the entire 2019-20 season. LA has applied for a $1.75 million disabled player exception and could cut Cousins if they find a player who will help them next season.
The answer could be cutting Cousins outright. In addition to his injury, TMZ reported in August the four-time All-Star was allegedly recorded threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend. Police in Mobile, Alabama, issued an arrest warrant for Cousins with a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, per the New York Times. The team and NBA are investigating.