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The Golden State Warriors released veteran forward Omri Casspi early Sunday morning to create a roster spot that will be filled by Quinn Cook.
Casspi, signed to a one-year contract last July, has not played in a game since March 14. He had fallen out of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation and then suffered a sprained right ankle.
Cook has excelled as the Warriors’ starting point guard after two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry suffered a succession of injuries, which reportedly will force him to miss the first round of the playoffs.
Casspi averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 14 minutes in 53 games this season for the defending champions, including seven starts. The 29-year-old was looking to make the first playoff appearance of his career before he was waived.
Very harsh numbers game catches up to Omri Casspi, who league sources say turned down more lucrative interest last summer from Brooklyn to go for a ring on a minimum deal in Golden State, only to be forced out when the Warriors had to manufacture a roster spot by Sunday for Cook
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 8, 2018
Before Casspi was released, Cook, a Duke product, scored 21 points in a 126-120 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Though under contract as a two-way player, Cook is expected to sign a standard NBA contract within the next 48 hours, which would allow him to be eligible for the playoffs.
Cook, 25, is averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 21.1 minutes in 30 games, 15 starts, for the Warriors this season. He is shooting 48.8 percent from the field, including 42.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.