The New Orleans Pelicans, looking to shore up their guard depth, have signed Free Agent Guard Quinn Cook to a 10-Day Contract.
After the loss of Wayne Selden Jr., the New Orleans Pelicans are signing Quinn Cook.
The Pels announced a 10-day contract for the man two years removed from the University of Duke. He last played for the Dallas Mavericks on a different 10-day deal, and put up over five points per game. Cook also averaged 2.4 assists and 1.8 turnovers per contest.
His shooting from his last stint did not impress enough to earn him more NBA time. He averaged just 44 percent from the field shooting and 35.7 percent from deep in five games. Cook played an average of 15.4 minutes per contest.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have already seen Quinn Cook play with jersey on in the past. On September 24th of 2016, Cook signed a training camp deal with the Pelicans. However, he would not end up making the team’s final roster.
Quinn Cook is best known for his four year career at the University of Duke. In his senior season, he put up 16 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Cook also was a part of Duke’s National Championship in 2015.
After going undrafted, Cook has been tearing up the NBA D-League. He finished the season with 19.6 points, 4.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 43 games for the Canton Charge. He shot 47% from the field and made a team-high 86 three-pointers in his rookie D-League season. That earned him NBA D-League Rookie of the Year honors.
The New Orleans Pelicans seem to be using these 10-day contracts, in an effort to find players for the long term future. For those they do not see in the future, New Orleans lets the contract expire and move on.
However, if they like what they see, in the case of Jordan Crawford, a longer deal can be found. This could be the same case for Cook. While he is an unproven player looking for NBA minutes, he needs to show his capabilities to earn a long term deal. He will get his chances, as the Pelicans are short of depth at the guard spot.
This is a situation that benefits both sides. New Orleans will get an able-bodied player, who gives it their all. Quinn Cook gets another chance at a job in the league. For both, the hope is that the play can translate to long-term success by the Bayou. We here at Pelican Debrief welcome Quinn Cook to the squad!