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The Warriors have been in discussions with point guard Quinn Cook about a multiyear deal that would turn his two-way contract into a standard NBA deal, a team source has confirmed with The Chronicle. […] “Quinn is a guy Steve (Kerr) has leaned on and the players have come to trust,” general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s conversations we’ve had. We’ll have to come to some type of decision prior to the last game of the season.”

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Connor Letourneau: I can confirm that the Warriors are in discussions with Quinn Cook on a multi-year deal. Nothing can be finalized until the regular season ends Tuesday.
Bobby Marks: Warriors will need to create a roster spot to bring Quinn Cook on. Tax hit on Cook would be $3.25-for-$1 spent (approx. $189K). Contract for next season would be $1.54M.
In what will be the first deal of its kind, a two-year guaranteed pact is being ironed out and is expected to completed before the April 10 deadline in order for Cook to be playoff-eligible, sources tell ESPN. The two-way contracts were introduced this season, allowing for a combined NBA and G League affiliate contract as part of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. Two-way players are not eligible to compete in the playoffs. Cook, 25, is expected to be the first player in history to turn a two-way contract into postseason invite.
The Golden State Warriors and point guard Quinn Cook have entered into serious discussions on a multi-year deal that would convert his two-way contract to a standard NBA deal, league sources tell ESPN. In what will be the first deal of its kind, a two-year guaranteed pact is being ironed out and is expected to completed before the April 10 deadline in order for Cook to be playoff-eligible, sources tell ESPN.
While Kerr had previously said that Cook would not be on the playoff roster, Cook’s play and Curry’s health might change that. Curry returned from his ankle injury last Friday against the Hawks, but that didn’t last long as he suffered a knee strain. The two-time NBA MVP is expected to miss the first round of the playoffs, according to Kerr. A source told The Undefeated that the injury-plagued Warriors are seriously considering signing Cook for the remainder of the season. Doing so would mean the Warriors would have to cut a player on their 15-man roster. Cook’s agent Jim Tanner told The Undefeated on Monday that the Warriors have not talked to him about signing his client for the rest of the season.
“I haven’t heard anything. We haven’t discussed anything,” Cook said. “I’m only controlling what I can control. I can’t control that. All I can do is keep being a great teammate and pushing guys in practice. If I have to play extended minutes, just keep playing consistent. We’re just focused on getting guys healthy, finishing the season strong and just locking into getting a great playoff run. I’ve [worried] before when I’ve tried to make teams. When you start thinking ahead and about what can happen, for me, I don’t play as well. I just like to stay in the moment and control what I can control. When you start thinking hypothetically, you don’t perform as well. I’m just staying in the moment, man.”
Logan Murdock: Warriors owner Joe Lacob to @957thegame on Quinn Cook making the playoff roster: “We’re going to make that decision right at the end because a lot of things can happen."
Cook is under a standard one-year, two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. If the Warriors retain him for the playoffs, his contract would be converted into a minimum deal. "I want to secure a guaranteed deal," Cook told ESPN. "I know I'm an NBA player, and I want to continuing proving that."
League sources have told ESPN that discussions between the two sides on extending Cook's season have not yet occurred. He has scored in double figures in each of the past five games, including outings of 20, 25 and a career-high 28 points.
With the outcome long rid of doubt, Cook drained a corner three-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, turned around, hopped on one foot and smiled. Finally, after nearly three years on professional basketball’s fringes, he is showing he belongs. Kerr’s staff has mapped out a plan to maximize Cook’s NBA opportunities the rest of the regular season. But to use Cook in the playoffs, Golden State would need to waive someone from its 15-man roster.
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green on Quinn Cook: "I sit here and I watch teams play and wonder 'How is Quinn Cook a two-way player?' You got guys in the league that can't dribble with their left hand." -Is he forcing his way onto the playoff roster? "I think he is" pic.twitter.com/zGgGNLnTps
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Quinn Cook to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rick Carlisle: “Uthoff and Harris are both very good D-League prospects, both are having terrific years. We wanted to look at them. We’ve been talking about them for a while. Cook played pretty significant minutes and was solid, so we appreciate that. We’ve just got to keep moving forward here.”
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.”
Marc Stein: Guards that the Pelicans will work out this week include Mario Chalmers, Quinn Cook, Reggie Williams and Hollis Thompson, per league sources. Scott Kushner: I'm told these workouts are happening today at #Pelicans facility.
Ramona Shelburne: Look for Tim Frazier to get majority of minutes at PG after this trade. NOLA also has interest in DLeaguer Quinn Cook.
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."
"I understand what's going on and I understand it's a business," Cook said of the Cavs. "For that team, they need a veteran point guard. That's what they're looking for. They have a young guy in Felder and to make a championship run I think the only thing they're missing is a veteran point guard to give Kyrie some breaks. ...; They're trying to win championships."
Justin Verrier: Pelicans officially waive Quinn Cook and Quincy Ford. Pels are fans of both but have a need for a bigger wing with Holiday, Evans, Qpon out.
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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Not every NBA evaluator loves LaMelo Ball, whose shooting and professionalism have been questioned by some around the league, even if they still have him at or near the top of their board. And not everyone trusts Anthony Edwards’ style and impact or sees James Wiseman’s upside or value in today’s NBA. Sources tell B/R the Minnesota Timberwolves are high on Toppin. The question is whether they’d be willing to take him first overall or if they’d only draft the big man out of Dayton in a trade-down scenario.
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The Indiana Pacers can offer an extension beginning at 120% of Oladipo’s salary for the 2020-21 season — a deal that would start around $26 million, a few million per year below what he could sign on a max contract next offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Oladipo, who suffered a torn quadriceps tendon in January 2019 and then struggled upon returning this year, could want to come back next season and try to prove he’s still the All-NBA player he was in 2018.
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Bulls to trade up to No. 1 or 2 in draft?

Speaking on the latest Bulls Talk Podcast with K.C. Johnson, Tom Haberstroh said he’s expecting Karnišovas to pursue a move up in his first draft as executive vice president of basketball operations. “I think [Karnišovas] might move up, because I think No. 1 with Minnesota and No. 2 (with Golden State) is going to be readily available,” Haberstroh said. “I would be surprised if you didn’t see Charlotte (at No. 3) or Chicago move up in the draft.”
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