Golden State Warriors Lose Out on Former Guard as He Signs With Portland Trail Blazers

Published 09/22/2021, 1:36 AM EDT


With training camp set to start, many teams are all set and ready to go. However, some teams are still making moves to improve their roster. Notably, the Portland Trail Blazers have landed a veteran guard the Golden State Warriors had set their eyes on.

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The Warriors have not received much good news lately. Recently, reports came in on Wisemen missing out on a majority of training camp. But this recent move won’t affect them much; the Bay doesn’t have a shortage of guards in their roster.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 14: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors drives as Will Barton (5) of the Denver Nuggets defends during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 114-104 win at Ball Arena on Thursday, January 14, 2021.(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

With Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry taking majority minutes, not much attention needs to be given to the guard position. So, who did the Trail Blazers sign?

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Warriors lose Quinn Cook

Portland did not enjoy the off-season as much as other teams. They did not make many moves, but that wasn’t the main reason. The situation with Damian Lillard left the organization in all places. Now they can rest easy as Lillard seems to have dedicated himself to them once again.

To bring in some help to the roster, they have brought in veteran point guard, Quinn Cook. Coincidentally, the Warriors recently set up a workout for the former point guard in hopes to land him in their lineup. Cook was on the Warriors in their winning season in 2018.

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He was also on the Lakers in 2020, where he won yet another title. Until now, no team had approached him before the Warriors. But he seems to have chosen Portland over the Bay to play with Dame. However, Cook did not have many minutes in the last season.

Cook played just 23 games last season, averaging 3.3 points in 6 minutes of play time. Hence, the Warriors won’t be as hurt in not being able to land the veteran point guard. They have players like Damion Lee and Jordan Poole as backups who impressed last season.

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Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) gets past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and guard Mychal Mulder (15) for a basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Poole emerged as a great scorer for the Bay, putting up 12 points per game in just 19 minutes. On the other hand, while Damion Lee didn’t dominate the numbers, he shot almost 40% from three, which will attract the Warriors instantly. Hence, this is a loss that the Warriors can surely do without but Cook would have been a valuable addition for his championship experience.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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