The Cavaliers have converted Tyler Cook‘s two-way contract to a standard deal, promoting him to their 15-man roster, the team announced today in a press release. According to Kelsey Russo of The Athletic (Twitter link), it’s a non-guaranteed contract for Cook.
A standout at Iowa, Cook went undrafted last spring, but signed a two-way contract with the Nuggets in August. After being waived by Denver in October and claimed by the Cavs, the 22-year-old has spent most of his rookie year so far with the Canton Charge, Cleveland’s G League affiliate. In 15 NBAGL games, he has averaged 12.6 PPG and 6.1 RPG in 20.7 minutes per contest.
The timing of Cook’s promotion is interesting. All players on non-guaranteed contracts will have their salaries guaranteed if they’re not waived by next Tuesday, so if Cleveland plans to keep Cook on his new standard contract, it’s unclear why the team wouldn’t just guarantee it now.
The Cavs may have another move or two up their sleeves, but for now the team has a full 15-man roster and a newly-opened two-way contract slot. Neither Cook nor Alfonzo McKinnie has a fully guaranteed 2019/20 salary, so Cleveland could waive one or both players in the coming days to create added flexibility.