Report: Lakers receive disabled player exception after DeMarcus Cousins injury

first_imgThe offseason injury to DeMarcus Cousins has had few silver linings, but the Lakers have been granted one small concession to help them through the upcoming season.According to a report from The Athletic, the NBA has approved a disabled player exception for Cousins, who could miss the entire season with a torn ACL suffered in August during an offseason workout. The Lakers reportedly applied for the exception earlier this month, and have until March 10 in the upcoming season to use it.The exception, worth an estimated $1.75 million (half of Cousins’ salary for the upcoming season), can be used to acquire a future free agent during the season or could be applied to a potential trade. The exception could help the Lakers later in the season when veterans become available on buyouts, giving them salary cap space to add a needed piece down the road.For now, the Lakers are flush with big men to account for Cousins’ minutes, if not his production. In addition to re-signing JaVale McGee, the Lakers added Dwight Howard last month for depth at center. Anthony Davis is also expected to play minutes at the position, though it’s still uncertain as to how much of his workload will be split between power forward and center. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe exception represents a quick and quiet close to hopes the Lakers had that Cousins might be an X-factor for the team’s championship ambitions this season. A former perennial All-Star, Cousins’ career has been beset by injuries for the past two seasons, calling the 29-year-old’s basketball future into question.Cousins has also found himself embroiled in off-court issues: An arrest warrant was issued for Cousins last month in Mobile, Ala., after he reportedly issued a threat (that was recorded on video) to a woman with whom he has a child. The NBA and the Lakers have said they are investigating the incident, which so far has resulted in a protective order against Cousins.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more