NBA Rumor: Quinn Cook Free Agency

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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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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.

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.”

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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