After a very busy offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t exactly flush with cash. The team is expected to get involved in the buyout market but has to make some tough decisions. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Los Angeles has already made one.
The Lakers are waiving veteran guard Quinn Cook.
The Los Angeles Lakers are waiving guard Quinn Cook, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Teams are expected to express interest in Cook, who has served as a reliable guard and locker room voice for two title teams in LA and Golden State.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
This season, Cook has only averaged 3.9 minutes a game with 2.1 points, which were both career lows. He was part of last season’s championship team but was let go in the offseason. The Lakers decided to bring him back before the season started up but he hasn’t had much of a role. With other needs more pressing, it’s not surprising the team is letting him go.
John Hollinger of The Athletic recently speculated that the Lakers could waive Cook and bring him back on a 10-day deal. As Charania pointed out, there should be interest in the veteran around the league. A return to Los Angeles seems possible but he could feasibly get a better offer and more playing time with another team. It seems that this might be the last time the Lakers have a chance to cut Cook this season.
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