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Report: Warriors working on a multi-year deal with Quinn Cook

A deal in the works would allow Cook to join the postseason roster, while also keeping him on the team for next year.

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Prior to the season, the Golden State Warriors signed point guard Quinn Cook to a two-way contract, so that they would have some insurance if Stephen Curry or Shaun Livingston were to get injured. Cook, undrafted out of Duke, had all of 188 NBA minutes to his name at the time.

Turns out it was a good investment. With Curry dealing with a number of injuries, the Dubs have relied heavily on Cook, who has played in 29 games, and started 14 of them. And he’s rewarded them greatly, by averaging 15.5 points, 4.3 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per 36 minutes. While he won’t hit the minutes qualifier, he’s nearly on pace for the 50/40/90 club, as he’s shooting 49.3% from the field, 42.9% from three, and 90.5% from the free throw line.

Not surprisingly, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not the team will give him a guaranteed roster spot by the end of the season, which would make him eligible for the postseason roster. Well, it looks like they’ve made up their mind, as reports are coming in that the team is working on a multi-year deal with Cook.

This is a borderline necessity for the team, as Curry is set to miss the first round of the playoffs. Entering the dangerous western playoffs, without a starting point guard? Not a good idea.

In order to finalize the deal, the team will have to waive a player. All signs point to Omri Casspi, who has had a disappointing season, and hasn’t played since March 16 due to an ankle injury.

Cap expert Danny Leroux noted that the deal would likely have to be for the minimum exception.

Accepting a multi-year deal may cost Cook some money. He’s been playing excellent ball, and may have gotten more money in free agency this summer. But playing for the Warriors is an ideal situation for a young player, who will get to learn in a great environment, back up one of the best point guards ever, and get to compete for a championship.

Quinn Cook playing big minutes in April was not the plan when the season started. But if Curry is going to be injured, this appears like a pretty good backup plan, and it’s great to know the team will likely have a strong backup point guard for next season, as well.

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