Tyler Cook has signed a deal with the Denver Nuggets.
The Gazette’s Mike Hlas had the scoop and also added another tidbit by detailing a high ankle sprain Cook sustained earlier this summer with the Detroit Pistons. As a result, he will not be able to take part in the NBA’s Summer League between July 5-15. Cook was with the Pistons on June 6, according to the report.
Given the timing of the injury, it’s a bit of good faith from the Nugs to sign him to a deal which will guarantee him participation for their preseason training camp. They have 11 guys signed to guaranteed money for the 2019-20 season, with Paul Millsap and Jarred Vanderbilt at the discretion of the team regarding their contracts. Their two-way contracts also appear to be allocated to Brandon Goodwin and Thomas Welsh.
Free agency hasn’t begun, either, so whether there is no telling how many spots might be available come training camp. They’ll return an All-NBA center in Nikola Jokic and the better part of a roster which finished second in the Western Conference.
While Denver wasn’t a team he worked out with this summer, according to reports, he did visit with them last year. He’ll see some familiar faces when he gets there as Bol Bol was drafted by them last night (47th overall) and Monte Morris figure to be at the camp. Surely they’ll let the collegiate losses to Cook glide over them like water off a duck.
Former Hawkeye Ryan Bowen is also on the coaching staff.
We wish Tyler luck as he rehabs his injury and grinds for a spot on an NBA roster.