Storyline: Quinn Cook Free Agency

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The Dallas Mavericks reached down to the NBA Development League and signed Ferrell to a 10-day contract on Jan. 28, and after three games the Mavs and Ferrell agreed to a two-year contract that pays him $208,000 this season and $1.3 million next season. Cook played for the D-League’s Canton Charge, but signed a 10-day contract with the Mavs on Sunday. In the process, the 6-foot-2 guard noted that he and the rest of the D-League players were some of Ferrell’s biggest cheerleaders. “Guys in the D-League, we all root for guys who get called up (to the NBA),” Cook said. “I think guys who prosper from getting called up on 10-day contracts give us a lot of confidence.”

For those in Quinn Cook’s life – whether they be fans, colleagues or others – a question seems to continually surface. “What more does this guy have to do to get an NBA call-up?” Cook, for the record, does not torture himself with that query. At least he doesn’t anymore. “I see it literally like 20 times a day on Twitter and Instagram,” the Duke product and second-year Canton Charge point guard said about people opining on his NBA chances. “So I see it, but I don’t think about it, man. It drove me crazy last year, just feeling sorry for myself, saying ‘why this?’ and ‘why that?’ instead of just focusing on the task at hand.”

Former 18-year NBA veteran and two-time All-Star Jerry Stackhouse now coaches the D-League’s Raptors 905. He has watched Cook average 25.3 points on 50.9 percent shooting from the field in three games against his division-leading team this season. “It’s baffling to me how he’s not in the NBA,” Jerry Stackhouse said. “I’ve seen this kid make shot after shot after shot, and he does a good job of running the team. It’s not like he’s a guy that just creates for himself. He has the ability to pass. He has the pedigree. He’s a winner. He’s a champion. You put those qualities together that he has, it’s just a matter of time.”

With no timetable on Jrue Holiday’s return, the New Orleans Pelicans signed former Duke point guard Quinn Cook on Saturday. Cook attended the Pelicans’ opening training camp practice on Saturday morning, but he did not participate. Cook, a 6-foot-2, 184 pounds, played for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League after he was waived by Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the regular season. ”We’ve got versatile players, combo guards more than anything,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.
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