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The Los Angeles Lakers are waiving fifth-year guard Quinn Cook, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The choice to waive Cook will not cost the Lakers any money from a cap perspective. The Lakers have actually obviously decided that they choose the freedom waiving Cook grants to keeping him.

With Cook gone, they now have two empty lineup spots to potentially use on the buyout market.

An under-the-radar possible description of this move is that the Lakers wanted to release up cash to utilize in a trade. With so little space under the difficult cap prior to waiving Cook, they would have struggled to make an unbalanced trade from a cap point of view.

The Lakers have now lost 3 video games in a row without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, and it is becoming clear their offense has defects in need of outdoors aid. How Rob Pelinka will attend to those flaws remains to be seen, but waiving Cook offers him the versatility to do so in whatever manner he chooses.

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