The Kings are looking at the possibility of adding Quinn Cook to their roster, but they aren’t the only ones eyeing the free agent point guard who could be on the verge of a return to the NBA.
A source with knowledge of the situation told The Sacramento Bee the Kings are one of several teams engaged in talks with Cook, who spent the end of the 2021-22 season with the Stockton Kings, Sacramento’s G League affiliate. Cook’s future was still uncertain Friday, but he could have a new home soon, the source said.
Cook, 29, has an interesting resume for a player who went undrafted out of Duke and bounced around the league on a series of short-term contracts over his first five NBA seasons. He was the second-leading scorer on an NCAA championship team, earned the NBA D-League Rookie of the Year award and went on to win NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
Cook has modest career averages of 6.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists, but he has played only 14.1 minutes per contest in 188 NBA games. Cook is a 46.1% shooter who has connected on 40.8% of his 441 career 3-point attempts. He has per-36 career averages of 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
Cook won NBA championships with the Warriors in 2018 and the Lakers in 2020. He had two 10-day contracts with the Cleveland Cavaliers in March 2021 and signed with the Blazers prior to the 2021-22 season, but he was waived after two preseason games .
Cook spent time with Lokomotiv Kuban, a Russian club in the VTB United League, before the Stockton Kings claimed him off waivers in February 2022. Cook appeared in 11 games for Stockton, averaging 23.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists while shooting 52.4% from the field, 44.6% from 3-point range and 88.5% at the free-throw line.
The Kings are looking for a third point guard to back up De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell. Sources said they were planning to hold workouts with Cook and veteran Matthew Dellavedova during their stay in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League, but they have yet to reach an agreement with either player.
Dellavedova, 31, could also have something to offer. The 6-foot-4 point guard played for Kings coach Mike Brown as a rookie with the Cavaliers in 2013-14.
Dellavedova spent eight seasons in the NBA. He appeared in the playoffs four times and won an NBA championship with Cleveland in 2016.
Dellavedova averaged 5.5 points, 3.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 447 career games. He is a 36.3% 3-point shooter with 400 career 3-point goals.