Hassan Whiteside
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The Los Angeles Lakers could reportedly target the Sacramento Kings big man Hassan Whiteside after they released guard Quinn Cook to free up a roster spot.

“There are no immediate plans to fill Cook’s roster spot, and multiple people with knowledge of the situation said they don’t expect the Lakers to reunite with Houston center DeMarcus Cousins if he becomes available as expected,” the Los Angeles Times’ Dan Woike and Broderick Turner wrote. “The team will, however, monitor the buyout and trade markets for potential additions to their frontcourt.

“Sacramento center Hassan Whiteside, who is averaging 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocked shots in 14-1/2 minutes per game, is a possible target the team could pursue.”

Whiteside has played nine seasons for the Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, and Kings. He has averaged 13.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in 433 regular-season games.