The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting some needed guard depth.
As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Cavs are signing veteran guard Quinn Cook to a 10-day deal. Cook actually got his start in professional basketball with the Canton Charge (Cleveland’s affiliate) in the then D-League. Since then, he’s been a backup guard on two title teams — the 2018 Golden State Warriors and the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers — playing some bit minutes. He was with the Lakers earlier this year, but waived in February.
For his career, Cook is averaging 6.4 points and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 46.3% from the field and 40.7% from three. For Cleveland, he can come in and play some needed third guard minutes so Collin Sexton and Darius Garland aren’t playing such heavy minutes night in and night out. In 31 games, Sexton is averaging 36.4 minutes per game. In 28, Garland is playing 32.9. It’s also a need with Matthew Dellavedova having not played a game this season due to a concussion and, most recently, an appendectomy.
Cook is expected to be available to play on Friday when the Cavs kick off the second half of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans. If he plays right away, he could take over Damyean Dotson’s minutes in the rotation and see 10-15 minutes of action. He actually won’t be officially signed up until then as to maximize the number of games he can play for the Cavs.