The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly signing two former members of the Golden State Warriors after striking out in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported early Saturday morning that the Lakers are signing guard Quinn Cook to a two-year, $6 million deal. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported a few hours later the Lakers were adding center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $2.3 million deal. Wojnarowski reported that Cousins also drew interest from the Miami Heat.
Cook joined the Warriors during the 2017-2018 season, and the Warriors rescinded his qualifying offer earlier this week, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Cousins signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Warriors last offseason after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in January 2018. He missed most of the regular season while rehabbing, and reportedly changed agents earlier in the week after receiving minimal interest on the free agent market.
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Cook averaged seven points in 14 minutes per game last year, and Cousins averaged 16 points and eight rebounds in the 30 regular season games he played in.
The former All-Star suffered a quad injury in Game 2 of the team’s opening round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, and didn’t return until the NBA Finals.
The big man played in all six Finals games, and averaged eight points and five rebounds per game.
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