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Daequan Cook waived by Rockets, signed instantly by Bulls

Jan 4, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

Daequan Cook, Patty Mills AP

The Rockets wanted to save some money and free up roster space. The Bulls still need more three-point shooting.

So Daequan Cook is changing teams.

The Rockets put Cook on waivers to dump a non-guaranteed contract but no team claimed him and at his $3.1 million salary. But he cleared waivers and within an hour his agent was telling Marc Stein of ESPN that Cook would sign with the Bulls. It didn’t take long.

Cook is a three point shooting specialist — more than half his attempts this season and 4 of his 5.2 shots per game last season in Oklahoma City were threes. He’s hitting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc this season, up from 34.6 percent last season but well off the 42.2 percent of a couple years ago.

Maybe with the Bulls, especially once Derrick Rose returns to drive and dish, Cook can find a place to thrive.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I know Kurt likes to rip on Lakers fans for suggesting players that get cut could help the Lakers, but in this case I think they should have at least looked into him. With D’Antoni’s system they need more shooters. That said he doesn’t bring a whole lot else to the table and wouldn’t help on D.

  2. lakerluver - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Meanwhile, the LAKERS do nothing. Cook is perfect for D’Antoni’s system.

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Clippers run LA. Lakers blow. Kobe needs to learn what a pass is and/or better yet he needs to learn to play man defense without roaming and leaving his guy all alone to shoot or drive to the hole, then crying and complaining that its dwight or Pau gasols fault. LMAO. Its hilarious to watch him blame everyone but himself. Plus hes a rapist

  4. jerdogthompson - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I would have swore Lakers would have picked Cook up. Bad mistake if u ask me and I’m not a Lakers fan.

  5. mazblast - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Yeah, that’s what the Lakers need, another guy who can’t/won’t play defense.

  6. jnoah13 - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Good signing by the bulls. apparently most of you dont actually watch the nba since cook isnt a completely horrible defender.

  7. money2long - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    i suggested in an article on this site which mentioned when he first got cut that LA should pursue the recently cut which i received skepticism ad thumbs downs. glad to see some ppl agree LA should have at least sniffed around.

    • adoombray - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      It WAS the right move, and it still is ; Lakers need perimeter shooting so bad they should have made a move the day they hired D’antoni. Pocket 3 point shooting is a core staple of the D’antoni system because it spreads the defense and makes the pick and roll easier ; exacerbated by the fact that they’ve got 2 7 footers already drawing the defense inside as it is.

      And i’m a Suns fan, I hate on the Lakers like I pour sugar on my cheerios in the morning

  8. lakerluver - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Clip fans are so cute!! From their inception they have mostly been laughing stocks of the league. Now they’re winning a bunch of reg season games and all of a sudden they run L.A. Win one title before you start talking snack, Clip fan! How bout make a conf finals? All those banners you see hanging from the Staples are LAKERS banners, not Clips. The Clips have a long way to go before they’re on the LAKERS level. Be respectful, clowns.

  9. halfbaht - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Lakerluver, even your greatest ever maker, Magic Johnson, came out and said he’s a fan and that the clips are the new show time. Face it bud, LA doesn’t care about a team who’s not winning, right now that team is your lakers. LA is clipper town and will stay that way as long as they keep winning and your lakers keep stinking it up. Maybe you should be a little more respectful of the clips and what they’ve done this season. After all the seasons of losing, they deserve it.

  10. clevelandschronic2 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Laker fans being respectful lol. Those fans are so full of themselves that they cant admit the clips are better. Clips run LA and i can see that all the way from here in Ohio. Lakerluver is too butt hurt to ever admit the clips are the better team(even though they beat the lakers again tonight) hell Even My Cavs “might” beat them if Varejao plays this time. But just once you’d think they could man up and admit the clips run LA right now.

  11. clevelandschronic2 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Ooo wait thats right we already did beat this sorry A** team full of overpaid and overhyped “STAR” players. Lakerluver face it your LAKERS ARE THE DEFINITION OF GARBAGE this year. Your front office is insane for thinking they (lakers) can just play fantasy basketball by throwing these players together thinking they would be a championship type of team. It only got worse when D’anttoni got the job instead of Phil( the single biggest mistake they made this year). Btw we cavs fans need your team of losers to make the playoffs so we get a higher 2nd 1st rd draft pick(we can swap picks with Miami this year) so this conglomerate of losers gotta make the playoffs.

  12. glink123 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    thought this was a story about the Bulls signing a player. gtfo laker and clip homers.

  13. solomon151 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    How did this story turn into laker fantasy basketball. The bulls got him. Great move after losing kover in the offseason. Pair cook with Marco and Rip might be on his way out. #bullsfan4life

  14. asublimeday - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I never bought that this was a sacrifice season. Rose will Rise and will bring this league to its knees.

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