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OAKLAND The Warriors waived veteran guard Omri Casspi on Saturday, a move that eventually paves the way for Quinn Cook to land on the playoff roster and ends a frustrating season as Casspi labored through injuries, inconsistent minutes and playing time.
The Warriors and Cook have had discussions recently about signing him to a two-year deal that will keep him on the team through the 2019-20 season, league sources said. But the Warriors do not plan to make the signing official until Tuesday, which marks the deadline the Warriors have in finalizing their playoff roster.
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The Warriors had greater urgency to add the 25-year-old Cook to the playoff roster for two reasons. The Warriors have a thin backcourt with Stephen Curry (sprained MCL in left knee) and Patrick McCaw (spine injury) out at least for the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors became encouraged with Cooks play during Currys overlapping injuries to his right ankle and left knee. Cook has averaged 14.7 points on 50 percent shooting, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game as a starter.
Despite the Warriors diminished backcourt, Casspi became a roster-cut casualty for a few reasons.
He has missed the past 10 games with a sprained right ankle, and a recent MRI showed inflammation. Casspi did not feel comfortable making any hard cuts because of the ankles sensitivity. Warriors coach Steve Kerr remains intent on using his vast frontcourt, allocating playing time in the playoffs for centers JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and Damian Jones as well as forwards Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney based off of matchups. Though Casspi averaged 5.7 points on on 58 percent shooting in 14 minutes through 53 games and often received compliments for his sharp cuts, he struggled with consistency in his shot and his willingness to take 3-pointers. Casspi, an 11-year NBA veteran, signed with the Warriors last offseason on a one-year, veterans minimum deal.
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