HoopsHype Brian Cook rumors

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If the latest camp roster addition ends up making the team, he'll certainly bring the youthful Utah Jazz's average age up. NBA veteran Brian Cook will participate in the Jazz's training camp, which begins Monday with the annual Media Day session. Cook didn't play in the NBA last season after being waived by the Wizards before the first game, but the 32-year-old has logged playing time in nine seasons dating back to 2003. The 6-foot-9 power forward from Illinois began his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and has also played for Orlando, Houston, the Clippers and Washington. Deseret News

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Jorge Sierra: Free agent forward Brian Cook is now represented by agent Herb Rudoy. hoopshype.com/agents/herb_ru… Twitter @hoopshype

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The Wizards decided to keep newcomers Jannero Pargo and Earl Barron over Shelvin Mack and Brian Cook for their final two roster spots and Wittman explained how circumstances surrounding Wall and Nene contributed to those choices. “They earned the spots, for their play through the month,” Wittman said of Barron and Pargo. “It was tough, now. But this is the group that I believe in, and we’re moving forward with. It wasn’t easy. Obviously, injuries change a little bit, our thinking, as we moved forward. That’s the thing about this business. You never know. As I talked most of this preseason, guys had opportunities and took advantage of them. And they are here. “You never know what’s going to happen moving forward with both those guys – Cook and Shelvin – that were with me before, and it’s hard,” he continued. “No question, that was not a fun day.” Washington Post

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Cook received interest from “three or four other teams,” Bartlestein said, “but he really felt good about the way things finished up with the Wizards. He really enjoyed playing for [Coach Randy Wittman] and with the guys on the team and they kind of expressed the same thing to him. And as we were looking at different things, he wanted to go back. He had a comfort level. He’s back and hopefully, it will work out great.” Washington Post

Cook had hoped to return to the playoffs last season after not making an appearance since 2009, but he described his six-week run with the Wizards as gratifying in spite of its shortcomings. “I don’t think we’ll ever forget it. We had a lot of guys that came in, 10-day guys that came in and we all knew our strengths and weaknesses, and we just tried to play hard and play the right way. That’s by sharing the ball and being a great team,” Cook said after the season. “I had a great month and a half here. These guys, they’re all really good guys. They’re all competitors. They all competed, and hopefully I’ll see them again sometime soon.” Washington Post

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The Wizards hope to hear back from Cook by next week, with training camp set to begin at George Mason on Oct. 2, and a source close to Cook said an agreement on a non- guaranteed deal could be reached by later this afternoon. Washington Post

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Brian Cook, the former McDonald’s All-American from Lincoln, isn’t ready to call it a career. Traded late last season from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Washington Wizards, Cook saw his contract expire at the end of the season. A former Big Ten Conference Silver Basketball recipient as the league’s MVP in 2003, Cook said he’s got plenty of game left. “I can still run, jump and shoot,’’ Cook said. “I can play four or five years, then a few years overseas. It’s all about keeping your body in shape, keeping your mind in shape, being ready for the next opportunity you get.’’ Several teams have shown interest, Cook said. For a 31-year-old married father of three, Cook knows he’s entered the twilight of his career, and he’s already looking toward a career in coaching at the professional level. “That fits my personality,’’ he said. “I’ve got a big basketball IQ.’’ Lincoln Courier

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Cook had considered a buyout when he first arrived in Washington, but he has embraced the change, since he is getting more of an opportunity to contribute with the Wizards’ front court depleted and currently dismissed (Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis aren’t traveling with the team as they deal with injuries). His wife and kids have also joined him in the District. “I like it a lot,” Cook said of Washington. “My family is out here now with me, touring around the city, seeing all the tourist attractions.” Washington Post

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Before Brian Cook joined the Wizards in Memphis, the veteran big man considered seeking a buyout in order to join a playoff team. The Wizards were even willing to accommodate his desires if Cook was able to find a spot elsewhere, with the team planning to give more minutes to its younger players. But Cook’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said this week that his client doesn’t plan to actively pursue a buyout by Friday’s deadline for the rest of his $1.3 million salary. According to a league source, the Wizards haven’t had any discussions with Cook or his representatives about a buyout. “He likes it there,” Bartelstein said. Washington Post

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