As an undrafted free agent there are a few likely options: Signing a two-way contract with an NBA team. Signing an affiliate player contract with an NBA team. Signing a contract with a team overseas. Two-way contracts and affiliate player contracts are both very team-friendly, with little guaranteed money for the player. Both deals will have the player spending the bulk of the season, if not the entire season, in the G-League. Typically the most conservative option, from a short-term financial standpoint, would be for a player to pursue opportunities overseas as guaranteed contracts are more common.
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His destiny once more pointed towards the G-League. Although the Warriors called shortly after Cook resurfaced as a free agent, offering one of Golden State’s inaugural two-way contracts, allowing players to spend upwards of 45 days on the NBA club while primarily suiting up for the team’s G-League affiliate. Cook shuttled back and forth from Oakland to Santa Cruz, often carpooling with Warriors center Damian Jones. Curry went down in December, then again in February. Cook filled the role as aptly as possible. “Quinn Cook is a fantastic example of how the system is supposed to work,” says Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations. In Golden State’s whirring egalitarian offense, Cook’s scoring and shooting prowess naturally melded. He shed the scarlet letter for a green light, complimenting old friend Durant. “He’s fallen into the perfection situation,” Resner says.
Rookie wing Torrey Craig parlayed his two-way contract with Denver into a rotation role. But his deal was for one season, meaning he has “no clue” what the future holds for him with the Nuggets — or in the NBA. “I really don’t,” Craig said. “ … Now that this is over, I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. Just gonna wait and see.”
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on Quinn Cook, the two-way rule: “This year was just so crazy with the injuries that, had we not had the two-way, I really honestly don’t know what we would’ve done.”
James Edwards III: SVG said two-players Reggie Hearn and Kay Felder will be with the team for the rest of the season. Both are here practicing today.
Cleveland currently has two open roster spots and has a history of signing players on the final day of the regular season for the playoffs. Kendrick Perkins is still on the Cavs’ radar and remains a possibility, sources said. Perkins played for part of this season with Cleveland’s G League affiliate in Canton but left the organization in February. The Cavs could also sign White, or take “two way” player John Holland and sign him to an NBA contract.
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.
The Miami HEAT announced today that Derrick Walton Jr. has re-joined the HEAT from the Sioux Falls Skyforce as part of his two-way contract. Walton Jr. has appeared in 26 games (all starts) with the Skyforce this season averaging 16.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.46 steals and 32.4 minutes while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from three-point range and 90.1 percent from the foul line.
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
Michael Gallagher: On the Suns broadcast, Draymond Green talked up Quinn Cook and he brought the flames: “I don’t understand how that guy is a two-way player, and we got some guards in this league that I don’t understand how they’re in the league.”
Marc J. Spears: Warriors guard Quinn Cook scored a career-high 28 points at Phoenix tonight, which is the most by a player under a Two-Way contract this season.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets two-way player Torrey Craig is at the arena but won’t be active tonight, Michael Malone says. Craig will be with the team for the remainder of the season but that doesn’t mean he’ll play. The G League season ends March 24 – that’s when his days are no longer a factor.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets have transferred two-way player Torrey Craig from Sioux Falls. Denver’s other two-way player Monte Morris is also with the team in LA.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. will be active vs. Pistons. He will have five NBA days remaining on his two-way contract clock after tonight.
The Heat has given some thought internally to possibly converting Derrick Jones Jr.’s two-way contract into a standard contract after the Feb. 8 trade deadline but likely also will consider other options, including trades and buyout candidates, with the roster spot now held by center A.J. Hammons.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Orlando Magic waived two-way player Adreian Payne, league sources tell ESPN. He was playing with G-League Lakeland Magic. Payne, a former first-round pick, has surfaced in the Michigan State scandal.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Houston Rockets plan to release guard Briante Weber, who’s on a two-way NBA contract, and plan to sign Markel Brown of G League’s Oklahoma City on a two-way.
Jessica Camerato: The Sixers signed guard Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract, waived James Michael McAdoo.
Brian Lewis: The #Nets have signed forward James Webb III to a two-way contract and waived forward Jake Wiley.
Shams Charania: Sources: Milwaukee is signing center Marshall Plumlee of G League’s Agua Caliente to a two-way NBA contract.
Michael Scotto: Minnesota Timberwolves are signing forward Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract, league sources told @BBallInsiders. He’s averaged 18 points and 13.1 rebounds per game for the Iowa Wolves in the G-League. The former Duke standout earned First Team honors at the G-League Showcase
The Hawks signed forward Andrew White III to a two-way contract on Monday. White’s contract allows for a limited number of days with the Hawks, with the balance of time spent at their G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. He will report to Erie.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to sign guard Gary Payton II to a two-way NBA contract. Payton is expected to join the team in Memphis.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announced the two-way deal with R.J. Hunter who said as much as he might have improved since Boston, the system the Rockets/Vipers play suits him. “The system has been great. It allows me to play free. That’s so helpful.”
Eric Woodyard: It’s official! Jazz Sign Georges Niang to a 2-Way Contract.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Atlanta Hawks are signing forward Andrew White of G League Maine on a two-way NBA contract.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Detroit Pistons are signing guard Kay Felder to a two-way NBA contract. Felder, a Detroit native, was Cleveland’s second round pick in 2016 and in his second NBA season.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets to sign Vipers guard R.J. Hunter to a two-way contract tomorrow, per source.
Shams Charania: Sources: Memphis is signing forward Myke Henry of G League’s Oklahoma City to a two-way NBA contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Indiana Pacers are signing forward Ben Moore of G League affiliate in Ft. Wayne to a two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. Moore is an undrafted rookie out of SMU.
Adam Johnson: Hearing the Utah Jazz are planning to sign Santa Cruz Warriors forward Georges Niang to a two-way contract, league sources tell @2Ways10Days.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz are planning on signing forward Georges Niang to a two- way contract, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Adam Johnson: Hearing the Utah Jazz are planning to sign Santa Cruz Warriors forward Georges Niang to a two-way contract, league sources tell @Adam Johnson.
Bobby Marks: The Jalen Jones waiver claim would be the first time a player on a Two-Way is claimed. Dallas now inherit his NBA days of service remaining for the rest of the season. Jones is under contract for next season.
Bobby Marks: The waiver claim process for a 2-Way is what has given agents agita. The last thing an agent wants is a player claimed that has no NBA days of service left. That’s a big reason why the Joel Bolomboy contract was converted.
Will Guillory: Source: Pelicans have waived Jalen Jones, one of their two-way players
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Xavier Munford to a Two-Way contract, and have converted forward Joel Bolomboy to a standard NBA contract.
Shams Charania: Sources: Milwaukee is signing guard Xavier Munford of G League’s Wisconsin on a two-way NBA contract. Munford has averaged 24 points for Bucks’ affiliate.
Jonathan Feigen: The Rockets terminated Demetrius Jackson’s two-way contract. He will sign a 10-day contract, but does not appear in team’s plans. Will be assigned to RGV, source said, and play in G League Showcase during his 10-day.
Adam Johnson: Demetrius Jackson’s two way contract with Rockets has been terminated and he has been signed to a 10 day contract, league source tells @Adam Johnson
Bobby Marks: Tyrone Wallace will have 24 NBA days of service to use with the Clippers while on his Two-Way Contract. Los Angeles is currently $122K below the luxury tax and will not incur a cap/tax hit when Wallace is on the Clippers roster.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Clippers waiving forward Jamil Wilson and will sign guard Tyrone Wallace on two-way contract. Wilson’s played well and looked like an NBA player during two-way deal. With injuries dictating need at guard, Wallace comes from Clips G League team where he’s averaged 22 PPG
The Sixers are expected to sign James Young to a two-way contract, multiple league sources tell 2 Ways & 10 Days.
Derek Bodner: The Philadelphia 76ers have waived guard Jacob Pullen. Pullen, signed to a two-way contract, appeared in 3 games for the 76ers and 14 for the 87ers.
Jared Dudley: Happy for D.Jones!!!!
Shams Charania: The Miami Heat plan to sign former Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. on a two-way NBA contract, league sources say.
Ira Winderman: Miami Heat will waive Matt Williams Jr. to clear a roster spot, the Sun Sentinel has learned.
Pacers: OFFICIAL: We have signed forward Alex Poythress to a contract. @AlexTheGreat22 has been a two-way player this season, splitting time between us and @TheMadAnts. He will no longer be a two-way player.
Darnell Mayberry: Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says the decision to waive Kay Felder was a move for flexibility. Says there’s a chance they sign two-way player Antonio Blakeney to an NBA contract. #Bulls #BullsNation
Bobby Marks: Signed to a Two-Way Contract, Sean Kilpatrick will have 29 days of service to use with the Bucks. The days are reduced from 45 based on Kilpatrick signing during the season.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Atlanta Hawks have converted two-way forward Tyler Cavanaugh, signing him to a two-year contract.
The Nets inked guard Milton Doyle, 24, to a two-way contract. He’s averaging 21.3 points per game in the G-League. They requested waivers on Yakuba Ouattara, who had appeared just once for Long Island.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn is signing guard Milton Doyle to a two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. He’s shown NBA potential for Nets’ G-League affiliate on Long Island.
The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Yakuba Ouattara. Ouattara originally signed a two-way contract with Brooklyn on July 21.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Suns plan to sign guard Danuel House of G League’s Rio Grande Valley on a two-way contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Suns have decided to convert guard Mike James from a two-way contract to a regular roster player, league sources tell ESPN. Suns still working on creating roster spot, plan to make move by Thursday morning.
When the Suns offered Mike James a two-way contract last summer, he was intrigued. There was only one problem. “I didn’t know what they were talking about,” James said. “I never heard of such a thing in my life.”
Contract status aside, the 27-year-old rookie must relish just being in the NBA, right? “To be honest, I didn’t think about it as much as everybody else thought about it for me,” James said. “I think I just kind of played, and then this opportunity came, and I took it. I didn’t really think about, ‘Oh, I might never go’ or ‘I might never do this.’ It just didn’t bother me.”
Scott Bordow: McDonough reiterated to me today that Suns want to sign Mike James to standard NBA deal before his two-way contract expires Dec. 6. My guess how they’ll do that: Create roster spot by dealing 1 of 3 centers.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks sign Tyler Cavanaugh to “2-way” contract. He was in camp with them.
It took two more years, but James finally made it. Phoenix signed him to a two-way, 45-day contract, but his play already has convinced the Suns that they want to keep him beyond the 45 days. General Manager Ryan McDonough told azcentral sports Friday that he hopes the team can negotiate a deal with James. Maybe then James will look back on what it took him to get here. Then again … “I don’t reflect a lot,” James said. “I probably should. Maybe when I’m retired, I can look back and say I did that and that and that.”
Free-agent guard Briante Weber has agreed to a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets, league sources told ESPN.
Chris Reichert: The Milwaukee Bucks are signing Joel Bolomboy to a two-way contract, per league sources
Steve Popper: While we were flying, the Knicks announced the signing of UNC’s Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract – the last roster spot available.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Wade Baldwin has agreed to a two-way contract with Portland, league source tells ESPN.
The Cavaliers signed guard London Perrantes to their second “two-way” contract, which means he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA and the rest with the Canton Charge in the “G” League. A team source confirmed Perrantes’ signing — first reported by The Vertical. He was waived by the Spurs during the preseason.
Shams Charania: Sources: Cleveland and former Virginia guard London Perrantes are finalizing a two-way NBA contract. Perrantes was a Spurs’ cut out of camp.
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May 22, 2018 | 11:04 pm EDT Update
Vincent Ellis: Also, it’s highly likely Dwane Casey will be a candidate for the coaching opening … as soon as they fill the president of basketball ops post. Time frame for president spot? Sometime around the first week of June.
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Marc Stein: The Suns have brought former Knicks coach Mike Woodson to Phoenix to discuss joining new coach Igor Kokoskov’s staff as top assistant, league sources say. @Gambo987 said on his radio show today that the decision has already been made to hire Woodson