It took 77 NBA D-League regular season games of domination for a NBA organization to finally give Quinn Cook a shot. According to NBA D-League expert Chris Reichert, Cook is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks this weekend.
The Dallas Mavericks are planning to sign Quinn Cook to a 10-day deal, per league sources
— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) February 24, 2017
2016 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year. 2016 All-NBA D-League Third Team. Two-time D-League All-Star, including winning MVP honors earlier this month.
Cook garnered accolade after accolade, leaving fans and fellow peers questioning why teams he hasn’t received any offers. The D.C. native was endorsed by some of the league’s biggest stars including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal. Cook stayed patient and didn’t let the lack of opportunity deter his mindset or impact his play on the court.
Cook even turned down a deal this summer worth $300,000 from a top tier EuroLeague team, Red Star Belgrade, so he could remain in the D-League. For some perspective, the top NBA D-Leaguers earn around $26,000. So when Cook finally got his call up from Mark Cuban and the Mavericks, he was elated but still realized this was just step one.
“Dreams come true and hard work pays off,” Cook said. “Now the real work starts. I’m ready to make a statement.”
Cook will be the eighth undrafted player on the Mavericks’ roster when he officially inks his deal. A list that includes former Duke teammate Seth Curry and rookie starting point guard Yogi Ferrell, who just signed a multi-year deal. With the departure of Deron Williams, inconsistency of Devin Harris, and health of J.J. Barea, Cook could be immediately thrown in the rotation to spare Ferrell some minutes and prove why he belongs on the next level.
The acquisition of Nerlens Noel should benefit Cook’s arrival as he’ll have a solid pick-and-roll big man to work with and compliment veteran Dirk Nowitzki.
Cook’s first game in a Mavs uniform will likely come on Monday against the Miami Heat, a game that will be televised nationally on TNT.