This summer has had a bit of a “the band is breaking up” feel for the Golden State Warriors. And, naturally, some departures hit closer to home than others.

Clearly, Klay Thompson has a lovely friendship with Quinn Cook because the normally understated star had effusive words upon learning Cook was signing a contract with the Lakers.

“Gonna miss going to battle with u bro,” Thompson wrote on Cook’s Instagram. “One of the best teammates and highest character guys I ever been around. Lakeshow got a real one!!”

The move is particularly poignant for Cook, whose late father, Ted, was a diehard Lakers fan who stayed up late on the East Coast to watch their games. Ted passed away after having a heart attack during surgery when Quinn was 14.


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“To this day, I still think about my dad all the time,” Cook told The Chronicle last year. “Somewhere, I know he’s looking down on me and smiling.”

Fellow ex-Warrior DeMarcus Cousins is also signing a short-term deal with the Lakers. His one-year contract is reportedly for $3.5 million.

Cook played for the Warriors from 2017-19, averaging 7.8 points per game.

So far this offseason, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins and, reportedly, Damian Jones have left or been traded by the team.

Katie Dowd is the SFGATE Senior Manager. Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @katiedowd


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