Western Conference Rival in Talks to Ink Former Lakers Champion

The Los Angeles Lakers lost and signed many players in the last few seasons. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are still here and it seems like they won’t go anywhere for a long time. Russell Westbrook can sign with another team, but he doesn’t seem to be getting enough attention. Rivals are eyeing other players and one Western Conference rival is trying to sign a former Lakers champion.

Big rival to land former Lakers champion

Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reported that the Sacramento Kings have shown interest in Cook.

“A source with knowledge of the situation told The Sacramento Bee the Kings are one of several teams engaged in talks with Cook, who spent the end of the 2021-22 season with the Stockton Kings, Sacramento’s G League affiliate. Cook’s future was still uncertain Friday, but he could have a new home soon, the source said.

“Cook, 29, has an interesting resume for a player who went undrafted out of Duke and bounced around the league on a series of short-term contracts over his first five NBA seasons. He was the second-leading scorer on an NCAA championship team, earned the NBA D-League Rookie of the Year award, and went on to win NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.”

The Lakers had Cook in 67 regular-season games. He averaged 4.5 points, one assist, and one rebound game. He went 42.6% from the field and 37.8% from the perimeter. It wasn’t the best impact, but he was a good option for the team.

Keep in mind that Cook went undrafted and made several stops in the NBA. His skills helped him get he attention of the Lakers and now he will probably go to Sacramento. It’s a long offseason and NBA teams will pull the best deals for their teams.

When it comes to the Lakers, they are in a rather uncomfortable position right now. Rob Pelinka has to find a solution to his current problems. Russ may be the biggest problem on his roster at the moment. Will he finally leave the team?