2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Quinn Cook: 2 years, $6 million (Los Angeles Lakers)

The Los Angeles Lakers don’t have a traditional starting point guard, but with JaVale McGee likely to start at the 5 alongside Anthony Davis in the frontcourt, it appears this team will be leaning into “Point LeBron James” as much as possible.

To that end, Quinn Cook on a cheap, two-year pact is a solid depth move for the Lakers, who need as many such moves as possible. Cook is certainly not a starting-caliber 1 in this league, but as a backup, he proved himself capable with the Golden State Warriors, especially in the team’s playoff run as depth became a problem.

Cook’s 6.9 points and 1.6 assists per game last year didn’t leap off the page, but they came in only 14.6 minutes a night, he shot a tidy 46.6 percent from the field and he canned 40.5 percent of his 3s. He can provide offense off the bench, or at the very least, adequately spell the starters for a second unit that will need all the help it can get.

Grade: B-