Cook re-signed with the Lakers on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Cook will return for his second year in Los Angeles, but the terms of the deal weren't immediately available. The 27-year-old guard will figure to once again have a small role on the team during the 2020-21 season after he averaged 5.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game last year.
Cook was waived by the Lakers on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Cook will still receive $1 million of his $3 million deal for the upcoming season, but it seems like the Lakers are looking to free up as much cap room as possible. Cook played a small role for the Lakers during the regular season in 2019-20, averaging 5.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 11.5 minutes. The 27-year-old may draw interest in free agency from rebuilding teams.
Cook is in the starting lineup for Thursday's matchup with the Rockets, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
With LeBron James (groin) and Alex Caruso (neck) both out with injuries, Cook will be making his first start of the season. The former Duke standout logged 12 minutes of action in Wednesday's loss against the Thunder but could see increased minutes with the Lakers shorthanded Thursday.
Cook went for 12 points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3PT, 4-4 FT) in Monday's scrimmage against Washington.
Cook played 26 minutes as the Lakers rested several regulars, and he made the most of the increased time, adding six rebounds and two assists, though he did commit five turnovers. The fourth-year guard will battle J.R. Smith, Dion Waiters and Alex Caruso for minutes off the bench with Rajon Rondo (hand) out and Avery Bradley (personal) away from the team.
Cook logged four minutes off the bench in Tuesday's 129-102 win over the Spurs, contributing zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound.
Cook has seen action in three straight games, but they've all essentially been garbage-time appearances, as he hasn't exceeded five minutes in any of those contests. The Lakers value Cook as an experienced backup at point guard who's capable of knocking down outside shots, but he won't have a path to steady playing time while all of LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso are healthy.
Cook managed 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 119-118 loss to the Magic.
Cook poured in a season-high 22 points in the loss, pacing the Lakers on what was a disappointing night. With Rajon Rondo (finger) sidelined, the Lakers are basically going to go with whoever has the hot hand. Cook could very well play 10 minutes in the next game making him a tough player to trust in standard leagues.
Cook tallied just six points in three minutes during Friday's 129-114 victory over Dallas.
Cook emerged in garbage time as the Lakers soundly defeated the Mavericks. After a couple of serviceable efforts earlier in the season, Cook has basically fallen out of the rotation in more recent times. Cook would need multiple injuries to even be considered in 12-team formats.
Cook has gathered eight DNP designations over the Lakers' last 10 games.
Cook started as a regular member of the rotation early in the season, but he saw his role diminish as the calendar advanced and now has eight DNP designations over the Lakers' previous 10 games. He is buried at the end of the Lakers' bench, and he barely has fantasy upside at the moment unless there's an injury to a backcourt player.
Cook contributed two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and an assist in Friday's 136-113 win over the Trail Blazers.
The 26-year-old's recent playing time seems to revolve around two components: game scenario and depth chart. The point guard only participated after Los Angeles established a 20-point lead, and Rajon Rondo (hamstring) left during the contest. Under a typical scenario when the game is close and everyone is healthy, Cook is not expected to be given many minutes and thus has limited value in any fantasy league.
Cook had 17 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes of a 118-112 win against Chicago.
Cook finished with the second most points on the team despite coming off the bench in the contest. Cook played a season-high minutes in the contest with Avery Bradley (lower leg) ruled out. The Lakers seem content to allow LeBron James handle the primary ball handling role, which would keep Cook in a secondary role, however with Bradley and Rajon Rondo out, it opens up minutes for the Duke product and allows James to shift back to his natural position. However when Bradley and Rondo return, Cook will likely see his role decrease.
Cook posted 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), eight assists and three rebounds across 24 minutes in Sunday's 120-101 win over the Hornets.
When the Lakers are utilizing LeBron as the floor general, you likely won't see much of Cook, but depending on the matchup, we should see James flip over to the wing frequently, and that's where Cook (and eventually Rajon Rondo) will come in handy. Right now, Cook is enjoying a full complement of minutes, but his numbers will inevitably retreat once Rondo is 100 percent healthy.
Cook is dealing with calf soreness but will play Tuesday, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Coach Frank Vogel mentioned that there won't be a minutes restriction on Cook against the Clippers either. However, it shouldn't be a surprise if Cook doesn't play much, as it is the first matchup of the season for the Lakers.
Cook will be rested for Friday's preseason finale against the Warriors, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
Coach Frank Vogel has elected to rest the team's top rotational players, which leaves Alex Caruso to start at point guard in the absence of Cook, Rajon Rondo and LeBron James. Demetrius Jackson should be in line for an expanded role as well.
Cook contributed 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes during Wednesday's 126-93 preseason victory over Golden State.
Coming up against his former team, Cook got hot from the perimeter, nailing 4-of-5 three-pointers. He ended with 16 points in just 15 minutes, a number that is unlikely to be a common feature this season. The game was basically over by half time which meant fringe guys like Cook were able to see additional run. He can score the basketball when given the opportunity but given he is somewhat buried on the depth chart, managers shouldn't expect too much moving forward.
Cook (calf) was spotted taking part in a scrimmage during Tuesday's practice, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Cook has yet to step on the floor during a preseason game, but he appears to be close to a return, considering he was able to participate in portions of Tuesday's scrimmage. The team has yet to reveal his status for Wednesday's exhibition against Golden State.
Cook (calf) didn't play in Monday's preseason game against Golden State.
Cook is still battling a left calf issue and the team has yet to issue an update on the guard's status. He'll be considered a game-time call for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.
Cook (calf) didn't play in Thursday morning's preseason game against Brooklyn.
Cook has been nursing a calf injury of late, though the Lakers appear to be exercising caution with the guard. His next chance to take the court will come Saturday in another game against the Nets.
Cook is out for Saturday's preseason opener against the Warriors due to a sore left calf, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
Cook's appearance on the injury report is new, as it was previously unknown that he was dealing with a calf injury. That said, there's nothing to indicate the injury is serious, and he's likely sitting out for precautionary reasons.
Cook agreed Saturday with the Lakers on a two-year, $6 million contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Cook became an unrestricted free agent after Golden State rescinded their qualifying offer Wednesday. The 26-year-old was a key reserve in 2018-19, appearing in 74 contests and averaging 6.9 points, 2. rebounds and 1.6 assists in 14.3 minutes. On a Lakers squad lacking in quality depth at point guard, Cook should have a strong opportunity to see the largest share of playing time of his career.
The Warriors rescinded Cook's qualifying offer Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Golden State will no longer retain the right to match any offer sheet Cook might sign with any of the league's other 29 teams, eliminating a potential obstacle in the 26-year-old's efforts to secure a new contract. The point guard proved valuable in a bench role for Golden State the past two seasons and suited up in 74 contests in 2018-19, averaging 6.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 three-pointers in 14.3 minutes per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from distance. He shouldn't have a trouble catching on as a backup guard elsewhere.
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