As expected, the Nets have signed G League forward Tyler Cook to a 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release. No corresponding move was necessary, as Brooklyn opened up three spots on its 15-man roster on Tuesday night by waiving Iman Shumpert, Noah Vonleh, and Andre Roberson.
Undrafted out of Iowa in 2019, Cook spent time as a rookie on a two-way contract and a pair of 10-day deals with Cleveland before joining Denver for the NBA restart as a substitute player. He only appeared in 13 total NBA games, but played more for the Canton Charge and OKC Blue in the G League, averaging 12.9 PPG and 5.7 RPG in 29 games (21.3 MPG).
Cook returned to the G League for the 2020/21 season and has been one of the standouts at the Walt Disney World bubble over the last couple weeks, averaging 20.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, and 4.4 APG in eight games (33.3 MPG) for the Iowa Wolves.
Cook’s 10-day contract, which will pay him approximately $99K, will run through the rest of the season’s first half. The Nets will have to decide after that point whether to bring him back on a second 10-day deal to start the second half.
Today’s move makes the Nets the first team to formally sign a player to a 10-day contract this season without utilizing a hardship exception to do so. Brooklyn is also expected to re-add Shumpert and Roberson on 10-day deals of their own, assuming both players clear waivers later this week.