With Wednesday’s deadline to secure player contracts, the Nets have given up guards Andre Roberson and Iman Shumpert as well as center Noah Vonleh and signed Tyler Cook, a 6’9 “G League big, for a contract. of 10 days, according to various reports.
Shams Charania reported that two of the three waivers, Roberson and Shumpert, will sign 10-day agreements on Friday if they accept the waivers, giving Steve Nash a chance to assess them in more detail. Vonleh seems to be gone.
Also, no surprise: Tuesday night reports suggest Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will be guaranteed for the remainder of the season, giving Brooklyn its bird rights in August.
With the moves, the Nets roster will remain at the league maximum of 17 players: 12 with standard contracts, three over 10 days and two out of two.
Adrian Wojanarowski and Charania tweeted the news shortly after the Nets beat the Kings …
Guard Iman Shumpert and forward Andre Roberson plan to sign 10-day contracts with the Nets when they authorize waivers on Friday, sources say @TheAthletic @Stadium. Net now the flexibility before the warranty deadline this week
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 24, 2021
Brooklyn is considering signing Tyler Cook on a 10-day contract, a source told ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 24, 2021
The team can extend players up to 10 days before having to decide to keep them. Roberson was signed a week ago and Shumpert at the end of January, but had been sidelined with hamstring strain until Tuesday night. These moves will also save the Nets some luxury taxes, but the main rationale seems to be to give Sean Marks some flexibility in the roster and Nash some time to take a closer look.
Nash spoke of Roberson’s post-game potential, comparing the 6’7 “29-year-old to Tuesday night hero Bruce Brown.
“Bruce makes it look easy. It’s not easy being a 6’3 ”guard and picking, rolling, catching the ball, finishing. André is also a very smart player, but I don’t want to blame him for that. He can do a little picking and rolling for sure, and he can definitely keep bigger players, ”said Nash, making the comparison.
On Wednesday, the Nets confirmed reports of Cook’s signing. The 23-year-old was not drafted out of Iowa in 2019 NBA Draft and has bounced around the fringes of the G League and the NBA since. Last season, Cook played 13 NBA games, two with Denver and 11 with Cleveland, averaging 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 4.2 combined minutes.
This season, he signed with the Iowa Wolves, the Minnesota G League affiliate, where he averaged 20.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He’s not a 3-point shooter, but he has defensive potential with his 7’1 ”wingspan and athleticism.
His best game was Wolves’ opener against the Long Island Nets, when he finished with 31 points on 14 of 20 shots, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks. It’s not a 3-point shooter … or at least it wasn’t.
Dakota Schmidt of Ridiculous Upside, our sister site to the G League on SB Nation, had this to say after signing …
No wonder Cook was absolutely wonderful in the G League bubble. The 6’8 forward was a force with the ball in his hands, fighting on the offensive glass and as a facilitator to move the ball to other players. https://t.co/KaG9sbTkNX
– Ridiculous Upside (@RidicUpside) February 24, 2021
Darren Wolfson, who is a Timberwolves writer, said Brooklyn, not Minnesota, was “Cook’s first choice!”
Good for Nets, who was Cook’s first choice. Hoped #Timberwolves would give him 10 days, but that never happened. He still got his first choice. This is another example that there are more NBA players than jobs available. He should be on a full time roster, IMO. https://t.co/WSRrLJoiKq
– Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) February 24, 2021
And John Hollinger offered his take on Cook’s place with the Nets …
Cook could have been the best unaffiliated player in the G-League Bubble. I can’t shoot but Nets could probably play it as a smallball 5. https://t.co/m0fZWba5x9
– John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) February 24, 2021
Cook played ball with the Celtics Jayson Tatum in their native St. Louis.