On Monday afternoon, the Los Angeles Lakers waived guard Quinn Cook from their roster, and according to Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside could be a trade target for General Manger Rob Pelinka:
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.
The Lakers may look to acquire a big man's services due to the recent injury to superstar Anthony Davis, who is expected to miss at least the next four weeks with a calf strain and a recently aggravated case of Achilles tendinosis, an injury no one wished to take lightly. Los Angeles has lost three of the four games since Davis went back on the injury report, and their big man depth isn't exactly awe-inspiring, with the 36-year old Marc Gasol and severely undersized Montrezl Harrell as the only current options at center. Whiteside could provide some nice backup minutes for Gasol as a shot-blocker and rebounder, and his contract is also perfect for the Lakers, as they can't afford to pay much more than the minimum due to their hard cap situation, especially if they aren't sending much salary back to the Kings.
Whiteside's trade value would be low, as expected for an average backup on a minimum deal, but the Lakers could still provide a small asset in exchange for his services. Pelinka certainly wouldn't surrender a young player like Kyle Kuzma or Talen Horton-Tucker; however, the Lakers do control their second round selections in 2023, 2024, and 2025. A pair of those would almost certainly get things done for Kings GM Monte McNair, while opening up additional minutes to experiment with Marvin Bagley at center, as well as developmental time for Chimezie Metu when he returns from injury.
We'll be sure to keep this story updated as things potentially develop.