The Lakers will waive guard Quinn Cook earlier than his contract with the team turns into assured Wednesday for the remainder of the season, in keeping with a person with information of the choice who isn’t licensed to talk publicly.
There aren’t any speedy plans to fill Cook’s roster spot, and multiple people with information of the situation said they don’t count on the Lakers to reunite with Houston center DeMarcus Cousins if he turns into available as expected. The team will, nonetheless, monitor the buyout and trade markets for potential additions to their frontcourt.
Sacramento center Hassan Whiteside, who’s averaging 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 14-1/2 minutes per recreation, is a attainable goal the team may pursue.
Marc Gasol, who has began all 32 video games for the Lakers this season, is averaging only 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per recreation. His taking pictures from three-point vary has improved, as he’s made 41.2% from deep over the past 10 video games.
His backup, Montrezl Harrell, scored a season-high 26 points in 23 minutes Monday in a 127-124 extra time loss to the Washington Wizards however completed the sport on the bench. Washington backup center Robin Lopez was a game-high plus-16 within the plus/minus score.
Vogel said that, with Lopez’s 7-foot presence plus Russell Westbrook‘s and Bradley Beal’s offense, he determined to keep Harrell on the bench.
“They have two dominant offensive players having huge nights,” Vogel said. “And we wanted as much size as we could get at the rim for defensive purposes.”
Requested about his minutes, Harrell declined to offer a lot.
“That’s not really up to me, man,” Harrell said. “I just do what is asked of me to do, man. When I’m out there on the floor, the minutes I’m out there on the floor, I go head full of steam and give it my all to the end when the whistle blows and my sub comes into the game. As far as closing out this game, it’s neither here nor there, man.”
Cook has appeared in 16 video games this season, averaging 3.9 minutes and a couple of.1 points per recreation. He was a member of final season’s NBA championship team and is a popular determine within the Lakers locker room and across the NBA. He received two championships with Golden State earlier than becoming a member of the Lakers.
Following the loss to the Wizards, Cook said his goodbyes to his teammates contained in the Lakers’ locker room. It’s expected there can be interest in Cook from groups across the league.