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
/articleid/3577400/1/pictures/1443662"> Kevin Durant celebrates with Daequan Cook (right) and Royal Ivey (partially hidden) as Durant leaves the game during the fourth quarter of game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinals between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 15, 2011. The Thunder beat the Grizzlies 105-90 to advance to the Western Conference finals against Dallas. Photo by John Clanton
He can score any which way you hand it to him. ... I want to get him back to expanding his game and doing what we know he can do."
As a restricted free agent, Cook can field offers from any team with the Thunder owning the right to retain him by matching the offer. Cook's salary last season was $2.1 million.
"He's matured a whole lot from last year to this year, just his whole outlook," said Conley, father of Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley and a former Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump who coached Cook on a powerhouse AAU team that included his son and Greg Oden. "When he wasn't playing there for a while, he could have just complained and blamed everybody. But he hired a shooting coach and went to the gym. He was the first one in and last one to leave and turned it around for himself. Coaches took notice, and he started playing."
Cook returns to Oklahoma City Wednesday to participate in a Thunder basketball camp.