Quinn Cook has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-year deal worth six million dollars, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The former Duke Blue Devil spent the last two seasons with the Golden State Warriors. Cook was a restricted free agent with Golden State before his qualifying offer was rescinded by the team.
Cook has had quite the story. He started off in the G-League and has been able to contribute towards an NBA championship in 2018. His talents will be needed on a team with stars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Cook shot 40.5% from beyond the arc, on 2.7 attempts per game en route to 6.9 points per game last season. He also averaged 13.2 ppg this past postseason and 16.7 ppg in 2018.
Cook still needs work on the defensive end. The 26-year-old’s ability to shoot is necessary but his ability to defend is a different story. Based on NBA Stats, Cook had a 112.1 defensive rating. He also had a -2.7 defensive box +/- per Basketball-Reference. This aspect must be improved if the Lakers are looking for a successful season.
He joins fellow shooters Jared Dudley and Troy Daniels as acquisitions for the 2019 offseason. He follows Danny Green, JaVale McGee, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope among the Lakers’ flurry of signings after Kawhi Leonard’s decision to sign with the LA Clippers.