Lakers to waive Quinn Cook, unlikely to reunite with DeMarcus Cousins
Quinn Cook, the Lakers' guardian, warms up before a game against the Timberwolves earlier this season. (Kyusung Gong / Associated Press)
The Lakers will be without security guard Quinn Cook before his contract with the team is guaranteed for the remainder of the season on Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the decision who is not empowered to speak publicly.
There are no immediate plans to fill Cook's roster seat and several people aware of the situation said they do not expect the Lakers to reunite with the DeMarcus Cousins center in Houston when it becomes available as expected. However, the team will monitor the buyout and trading markets for possible additions to their forecourt.
Sacramento center Hassan Whiteside, who averages 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocked shots in 14 1/2 minutes per game, is one possible target the team could pursue.
Marc Gasol, who started all 32 games for the Lakers this season, averages just 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. His shooting from three point range has improved as he has scored 41.2% from depth in the last 10 games.
His backup, Montrezl Harrell, hit a season high of 26 points in 23 minutes in a loss to the Washington Wizards 127 to 124 overtime on Monday, but ended the game on the bench. Washington Backup Center Robin Lopez was up 16 on the plus / minus rating.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said that with Lopez's 7-foot presence as well as Russell Westbrooks and Bradley Beal's offenses, he decided to leave Harrell on the bench.
"They have two dominant attackers who have big nights," said Vogel. "And we wanted as much size as we can have on the edge for defensive purposes."
When asked about his minutes, Harrell declined to offer much.
"It's not really me, man," said Harrell. “I'll just do what I'm asked of, man. When I'm out there on the ground, the minutes that I'm out there on the ground, I go on full steam and give it my all until the end when the whistle sounds and my sub comes into play. As for closing this game, it's neither here nor there, man. "
Cook has played 16 games this season averaging 3.9 minutes and 2.1 points per game. He was a member of last season's NBA championship team and is a popular figure in the Lakers locker room and in the NBA. He won two championships with Golden State before joining the Lakers.
After losing to the Wizards, Cook said goodbye to his teammates in the Lakers locker room. Teams from across the league are expected to be interested in Cook.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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