Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 7:05 pm  |  29 responses

Daequan Cook Dealt To Thunder

GM’s are putting in work as the Draft nears. The latest example? Daequan Cook being dealt to the OKC Thunder, as Woj reports: “Working to clear as much salary-cap space as possible for free agency, the Miami Heat have agreed in principle to trade Daequan Cook and the 18th overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 32 selection in the draft, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Miami had been working hard to trade out of the first round and attached Cook’s $2.1 million salary for next season in the deal. With the trade, the Heat won’t have to guarantee a first-round contract this summer.”

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  • The Philosopher

    The Thunder now have a good spot up shooter at the guard position.

  • Jose

    I liked Daequan Cook Tho… =|

  • Jose

    Not 1st.dang it

  • Roy

    oh baby

  • LA Huey

    Thunder GM Sam Presti has gotten so many solid young players and 1st round picks from teams trying to shed salaries its ridiculous.

  • http://www.kaycephotography.com/ Kevin

    Daequan Cook was a steal at that salary :/

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    really thought we would have got avery bradley with that 18th pick …oh well anything to keep dwyane and get someone to help.

  • Shemy

    The Thunder really needed this to add depth. Now in the backcourt they have a lot of competiton with Westbrook, Maynor, Kevin Ollie, Thabo, Harden, Weaver and Cook. They have shooters, defenders, veterans. Coach can really be flexible with all these guards and they also moved up in the draft?? I love this deal for the Thunder

  • Omar

    Thunder should do 18, 21, and 26 for 4 and take Demarcus Cousins

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Great trade by my #2 team! Cook gives something neither Harden nor Thabo bring, a constant outside threat. Now if their is a way to get a 7 footer and a veteran 6th man type power forward, i think a finals run could be possible.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Very interested to see what they do with those draft picks. They could be scary talented come friday

  • http://swishdevelopment.com Andrew

    I second Omars comment Cousins is exactly what OKC need!

  • WolfNast

    Harden shot 37.5% and Cook is a 35.8% career 3 pt shooter. If Harden improves his shot Cook seems irrelevant. We all know Sefolosha is a better defender than Cook. So yeah, hopefully Cook can find a niche but I don’t see him playing much.

  • Nick the Quick

    Great trade for the Thunder. They bring in a lockdown defender who will shut down Kobe. Look for evidence of his stellar defense against PP in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Airjones14

    I’m not sure if I’m happy with this deal, I hoped we could have gotten greivas vasquez or another good pg, to help d-wade run the offense. Oh well, as long as he stays in the MIA I’m cool.

  • nastierthanu

    @nick injuries and necessary surgeries shut down kobe. Aint noby shuttin down kobe. Cmon son

  • Bdub

    @nastierthanu: I think Nick was taking the piss.

  • riggs

    co-sign Omar, but too bad they wouldnt take that deal at all, to be fair this draft isnt that deep.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You guys do KNOW who Daequen Cook is, right?

  • Aaron

    DCook is not an asset. He hardly impacted the Heat. Not to say he won’t improve on the Thunder, but it’s doubtful he’ll be very effective.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Yeah Eboy we know. He can shoot threes and provides energy, but that is about it.

  • T-Money

    Um, guys, this is not about Cook. Miami has almost enough cap space to re-up D-Wade and sign TWO max free agents now. Wade-Bosh-Bron could actually happen?!?!

  • Ian

    @T-Money…you’re right. scary thought though..

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I’m not sure why OKC made this trade – it certainly wasn’t to get Cook and the dif between the 18th and 21st pic isn’t that great in a draft like this. It will be interesting how they use these picks, maybe packaging them and getting a lottery pick isn’t out of the question. This makes a ton of sense for the Heat – assuming they get at least another max player and one or two other solid additions.

  • dsleepy

    can someone explain this to me? i dont understand why the heat gave up a 1st round pick + player for a 2nd round pick? i mean…i know they’re trying to free up capspace, but i don’t think the 2-mil. or so they saved is going to make that huge a difference? am i wrong here?

  • Kap

    If they sign three max players who will the role players be? Get realistic people…they have no draft picks and two players currently under contract plus the other two guys would have to take a pay cut.

  • Kap

    @ dsleepy…It gives them more money to sign Bosh without a sign and trade since they don’t have assets to do that with money left over to sign some key role players. It’s very unrealistic to believe they get Bron/Bosh/Wade bc it would leave little flexibility to sign anyone else especially since only two players are under contract.

  • dsleepy

    ahhh i see. thanks kap

  • T-Money

    Kap, what is unrealistic? If you’re implying that Miami is unlikely to pursue all the 3 considering they wouldn’t have flexibility to sign anyone else, well that would be kinda dumb. If you can three Top 10 players, you do it. You worry about fit and the rest of the roster later. A buch of vets would be dying to take the min to play with those 3. I’m not saying it will happen but Miami is not going to think twice about it if they have a real shot.