Kings Waive Two Former Lakers

The Sacramento Kings came into the week with a still-loaded camp roster of 20. Thursday, they got down to 18 by waiving a pair of former Los Angeles Lakers.

Kent Bazemore and Quinn Cook were in camp on non-guaranteed contracts, and both are now looking for work once again, according to Kings Insider James Ham. 

Bazemore was expected to add a perimeter shooting presence for the Lakers last season and provide a spark off the bench, but he only managed to average 3.4 points in about 14 minutes per game. 

The 33-year-old had performed well for Sacramento in 25 games in the 2020-21 season, averaging 10.3 points while shooting 38% in 23 minutes per contest. But his performance in the preseason this year wasn't enough to win him a spot on the roster.

Cook, 29, was a member of the 2020 champion Lakers, but hadn't appeared in an NBA game since 2021, which he split between the Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He posted some nice numbers, however, with the Kings' G League affiliate in Stockton last season, averaging 23.7 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.0 rebounds in 11 games, while shooting 44.6% from long distance.

As he was on an Exhibit 10 contract, he'll likely get the chance to return to the Stockton Kings and try to win another shot at an NBA job. 

The Kings still have 12 players on guaranteed contracts, with  KZ OkpalaMatthew Dellavedova, Chima Moneke, and Sam Merrill on non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed deals. They'll need to cut one of those to get down to the 15-man regular season limit by next week.