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Daequan Cook
SG - 6'5, 210lbs - 37 years old - 6 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2020 season
  • Birthdate: 04/28/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 21st pick, 2007
  • Pre-draft team: Ohio State
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2007 NBA DraftNBADrafted 21st overall by Philadelphia.
2007 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Philadelphia, along with a 2009 second round pick (#45, Nick Calathes) and cash, to Miami in exchange for the draft rights to Jason Smith (#20).
5th July, 2007NBASigned four year, $5,989,577 rookie scale contract with Miami. Included team options for 2009/10 and 2010/11.
27th February, 2008D-LeagueAssigned by Miami to Iowa Energy of the D-League.
8th March, 2008D-LeagueRecalled by Miami from Iowa Energy of the D-League.
28th October, 2008NBAMiami exercised 2009/10 team option.
20th October, 2009NBAMiami exercised 2010/11 team option.
23rd June, 2010NBATraded by Miami, along with a 2010 first round pick (#18, Eric Bledsoe) to Oklahoma City in exchange for a 2010 second round pick (#32, Dexter Pittman).
9th December, 2011NBARe-signed by Oklahoma City to a two year, $6,432,500 contract.
27th October, 2012NBATraded by Oklahoma City, along with Lazar Hayward, Cole Aldrich and James Harden, to Houston in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two protected 2013 first round picks (#12, 2013, Steven Adams; #21, 2014, Mitch McGary) and a 2013 second round pick (#32, Alex Abrines).
1st January, 2013NBAWaived by Houston.
5th January, 2013NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Chicago.
23rd November, 2013UkraineSigned for the remainder of the season with Budivelnyk Kiev.
14th January, 2014UkraineReleased by Budivelnyk.
30th January, 2014GermanySigned for the remainder of the season with Walter Tigers Tubingen.
12th August, 2014FranceSigned a one year contract with Rouen.
14th August, 2015PortugalSigned a one year contract with Benfica.
7th December, 2016IranSigned for the remainder of the season with Chemidor.
9th August, 2017IsraelSigned a one year contract with Ironi Nes-Ziona.
Career Moves
2006 - 2007Ohio State (NCAA)
June 2007 - June 2010Miami Heat (NBA)
June 2010 - October 2012Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
October 2012 - January 2013Houston Rockets (NBA)
January 2013 - June 2013Chicago Bulls (NBA)
November 2013 - January 2014Budivelnyk Kiev (Ukraine)
January 2014 - June 2014Walter Tigers Tubingen (Germany)
August 2014 - June 2015Rouen (France)
August 2015 - June 2016Benfica (Portugal)
December 2016 - June 2017Chemidor (Iran)
August 2017 - presentIroni Nes-Ziona (Israel)
Articles about Daequan Cook

June 9, 2011

Daequan Cook, seen here drowning a small child.

Stage 3: Signing Daequan the Chef.

After a truly God-awful final season with Miami, in which he had a true shooting percentage of only .422, Daequan Cook was salary dumped onto the Thunder, whereupon he stuck 208 points on that percentage. Cook is coming off of what is by far his best season, playing his way into the regular rotation and thriving as a tenth man during the Thunder's late season push. Doing little else but try hard defensively and take catch-and-shoot threes, Cook returned 5.6 points on 43.6% shooting, almost all of which came via his 42.2% three point shooting (Cook shot only 27 two pointers all season), fully embracing the bench scorer role he was created to fill.

There's two schools of thought here. The first school of thought suggests that, because a player did very well in his role, he is deserving of a bigger one. The second school states that, because a player did very well in his role, he is already in the perfect one for him.32 In my mind, Cook fits into the latter. Maybe there's scope for him to start somewhere, in the way that DeShawn Stevenson currently does (or did) for Dallas. But it relies upon a perfect set of circumstances, much like those recently33 enjoyed by Keith Bogans. And frankly, it is not necessary.

Cook's contract expires this month, and Oklahoma City can make him into a restricted free agent with a $3,126,764 qualifying offer. If they extend that offer, the Cook idea goes no further, because while there's no rule which states that Cook has to sign a contract that starts at an amount equal to or larger than that, it doesn't make sense for him to do so. If that were the case, he may as well accept the qualifying offer. Cook is not a $3 million player; useful as he is in his role, it's a small role. Cook never dribbles, not even employing the step-in that turns a three pointer into a long two any more. He defends the shooting guard spot fairly well, despite being slightly undersized, but that's it. He is a three point specialist who has only shot the three well in two of his four seasons thus far. Even his very good free throw stroke (84%) is nullified by how little he gets there (once every half an hour for his career). He turns only two tricks.

They're solid tricks, though, and OKC will likely look to retain him. It is not necessarily necessary they extend the qualifying offer or not, for extending the qualifying offer is not necessarily a necessary step to re-signing him. OKC can not extend the QO for fear of his accepting it, and still re-sign him anyway. If they choose to do this, it only makes sense for Chicago to chase Cook up to roughly the value of BAE money; that is to say, as-near-as-is two years and $4 million. Any amount greater than that becomes subject to the same criteria as did Stephen Jackson above, where overpayment becomes foolish considering the wealth of comparable options. There's no point paying Daequan Cook more than he is worth for the simple reason that he is Daequan Cook. If it comes to that, you may as well pursue Von Wafer, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason, Willie Green, or some other tenth man shooting guard type. You could also bring back Rasual Butler for the minimum, or try harder to get a higher calibre of player, such as Nick Young or Marcus Thornton. Put more contritely, Daequan the Chef isn't worth overpaying for. Considering his body of work to date, even the $4 million figure pushes the very upper limit of quite what he ought be paid. And this is especially true if OKC extends the qualifying offer.

For argument's sake, though, let's say they don't do that.

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June 27, 2010

Unfortunately, Washington made news earlier in the day as well by agreeing to acquire Kirk Hinrich and the Bulls first rounder (17th overall) in exchange for essentially nothing at all. Washington will have lots of cap space this summer, and an unspoken understanding that no elite free agents will want to use it, so they've decided to use it via trade. It's a decent strategy, but unfortunately, it's not a decent trade. Kirk Hinrich might be worth his money to a competitive team looking for a final piece at guard (and with bad salary to send out in return), but Washington takes only the negatives of his deal with nothing more than a non-lottery first for compensation. Consider for a moment that Miami traded the #18 and Daequan Cook for the #32 only this week, and this trade pales in comparison. Hinrich is a much loved individual, described in more depth here, but he's not good enough to justify this.

It doesn't change the Wall pick, but it does kill the jubilation. When you've got Kirk Hinrich, do you need John Wall any longer? Yes. Yes you do. More than ever, in fact.

(In describing the Cook trade during the build-up, Barry calls Cook a "good young player," making him the first good young player to have shot 32% for a season since 1955.)

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