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Quinn Cook joining Lakers in free agency

Quinn Cook is leaving the Warriors after two seasons in the Bay Area, becoming the first point guard to sign with the Lakers this summer.

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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their scramble to fill out the rest of their roster in the aftermath of Kawhi Leonard choosing the LA Clippers in free agency, with Quinn Cook as the latest name to join the team after Danny Green, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all quickly agreed to deals in Leonard’s wake on Friday night.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports broke the news of Cook’s addition.

Cook — who became an unrestricted free agent when the Golden State Warriors rescinded his qualifying offer to make cap space for D’Angelo Russell — still leaves the Lakers with a bit of cap room in the aftermath of his agreement:

Cook is the first point guard to join the Lakers this summer, and is a career 41.8 percent 3-point shooter who will help the team’s spacing. Last season with the Warriors, the third-year guard averaged 6.9 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting from the field, including 40.5 percent shooting from behind the arc, in 14.3 minutes per game.

Going into the offseason, fans were hoping the Lakers made a shooting a priority and through signing Jared Dudley, Troy Daniels, Danny Green and now Cook, it’s clear the team has done just that. However, unlike Dudley and Green, Cook only plays one side of the ball.

Among 100 eligible point guards last season, Cook ranked 97th in Defensive Real Plus-Minus, according to ESPN. For context, only Jordan Clarkson, rookie guard Collin Sexton and Trae Young posted a worse DRPM. The Lakers might be able to hide Cook on defense whenever Green is on the floor, but his shortcomings on that end will probably keep him from being the team’s starting point guard.

Expect the Lakers to sign another point guard — potentially Rajon Rondo and/or Alex Caruso — within the next few days.

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