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Daequan Cook
Daequan Cook
Position: None
Born: 04/28/87
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
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Despite coach Tom Thibodeau’s mantra that “we need everybody,” Hamilton has dropped out of the rotation, with even Daequan Cook logging time ahead of him on the Bulls’ depleted roster. “It’s hard. I have to be honest,” Hamilton told the Tribune. “The only thing I can do is be a good teammate, help my guys out. Try to talk and communicate with them as best as possible to understand time, score and situation. Just try to be as positive and give them advice from all the stuff that I know about the playoffs.”
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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed guard/forward James Anderson to a multi-year deal. To make room on the roster, the Rockets have released guard Daequan Cook. Anderson (6-6, 215, Oklahoma State), who actually began the 2012-13 season with Rio Grande Valley, was re-signed by San Antonio on Nov. 21, 2012. In 10 games this season with the Spurs, Anderson averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per outing. He tallied a season-high nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes at Miami(11/29/12). Anderson was waived by the Spurs on Dec. 20, 2012.
Because Cook is a restricted free agent rather than unrestricted, the Thunder has the right match any team’s offer in order to re-sign Cook. Shortly after last season, Cook made clear his affection toward the Thunder. “Like I’ve always said, I love it here. Who wouldn’t?” Cook said during an appearance at the Thunder Youth Basketball Camp on June 16. Approached Wednesday morning after a two-hour workout at Tru You Fitness in Bethany, Cook smiled and shared the same message. “I’ve always loved this city, the fan base and all their support of the players,” Cook said.
Daequan Cook’s agent says he’s fielded calls from several teams interested in the restricted free agent. But the Oklahoma City reserve guard said he wants to stay with the Thunder. “That’s where I want to be,” Cook told the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News on Tuesday. “That’s where I fit in. My gut feeling right now is that’s where I’m going to end up. I had a great season there. I helped out a lot. (They like) my habits, becoming not just a better player on the court, but better off the court. It all starts there.”
The signing of Royal Ivey last week put the Thunder at 16 contract players, one more than NBA rules permit teams to carry into the regular season. That means someone must go. Mo Peterson will be 33 next month but can still contribute on the court and has earned a reputation in his 10 seasons of carrying a first-class attitude away from it. Don’t expect Peterson to be waived. Daequan Cook, 10 years younger than Peterson, provides much of the same assets and essentially is on a one-year trial run as a 3-point specialist in OKC. Cook figures to be on the opening-night roster as well. Since the Thunder’s coaching staff and front office is pleased with the returning nine-man rotation, and No. 11 overall pick Cole Aldrich is entrenched in the long-term plans, that leaves Byron Mullens, D.J. White and Kyle Weaver as the most likely candidates to be on the outside looking in.
Daequan Cook turned to Twitter for his farewell to the Miami Heat. Less than 24 hours after being traded to Oklahoma City, the shooting guard and former 3-point shootout champion at the NBA’s All-Star weekend posted Thursday that he “had a Great 3yrs in Miami.” Cook also thanked “fans and Heat organization,” and noted that going to Oklahoma City represents a great situation for him.