first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to play for the Lakers this coming season, and also is staring down legal trouble from an offseason incident.Despite both issues for the 29-year-old big man, the team has no imminent plans to drop him from the roster.General Manager Rob Pelinka acknowledged that the Lakers are keeping the four-time All-Star on the team for the time being, pending an ongoing investigation by the NBA into a threat Cousins allegedly made to the mother of his son last month. Cousins participated in media day activities Friday, including taking an official picture in a Lakers uniform, but he did not speak to the press.“The most important thing to say is the Lakers as an organization take allegations of domestic violence extremely seriously,” Pelinka said. “That said, when allegations are made, for any NBA player, the league takes over and handles that investigation. We’re going to abide by the league’s lead on this as that’s being investigated.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPolice in Mobile, Ala., issued a warrant for Cousins last month on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after a tape surfaced of a man, reportedly Cousins, threatening to put a bullet in the head of a woman, reportedly a former girlfriend, over the phone.While Cousins’ hopes of regaining his All-Star form this year were dashed when he tore his ACL in August, Cousins has remained within the Lakers’ circle. He also attended the team’s mini-camp in Las Vegas earlier in the week and is close with Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo.Davis said he was “shocked” when he heard about Cousins’ injury and that he likely won’t get to play with his former New Orleans teammate this season.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “Right now, he’s a member of our roster and a part of the team,” Pelinka said. “We’ll just have to wait for guidance from the league on next steps.” “Just knowing that he worked so hard to get back from his quad and his Achilles, he had to, really had an opportunity to be old DeMarcus and he wanted this year to be the year, because he felt like he was really healthy,” he said. “Then the ACL happened, so he’s in good spirits, he’s happy to be here still and be around the team. We support him all the way through.”The Lakers recently were awarded a $1.75 million roster exception for the loss of Cousins, which can be used to add a player later in the year. Pelinka said there’s no current plan to cut Cousins for a chance to add to the roster.last_img

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