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Daequan Cook has 'gut feeling' he'll stay with the OKC Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder reserve guard Daequan Cook is a restricted free agent. But Cook tells his hometown newspaper he has a "gut feeling" he'll remain with the Thunder.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: June 15, 2011 at 7:38 am •  Published: June 15, 2011
Daequan Cook's agent says he's fielded calls from several teams interested in the restricted free agent. But the Oklahoma City reserve guard said he wants to stay with the Thunder.

"That's where I want to be," Cook told the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News on Tuesday. "That's where I fit in. My gut feeling right now is that's where I'm going to end up. I had a great season there. I helped out a lot. (They like) my habits, becoming not just a better player on the court, but better off the court. It all starts there."

Cook, who was in his hometown this week for his annual basketball camp, averaged 5.6 points and 14 minutes last season for the Thunder. Though he played in only 43 regular-season games, Cook shot 42 percent from 3-point range and emerged in the playoffs. The 6-foot-5 guard had 18 points in the Thunder's Game 5 victory over Memphis in the Western Conference semifinals and played in all 17 postseason games.

"I think his best years are ahead of him," Cook's agent Mike Conley Sr. told the Dayton Daily News. "I get on Daequan a lot because he's been limited so far in the league. Teams have seen him as a shooter. Obviously, the community of Dayton knows him as an exciting scorer.

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