Detroit Pistons to sign forward Tyler Cook for rest of season
It wasn’t long before Tyler Cook made an impression on the pistons.
Cook has been with the Pistons for a couple of weeks and has two 10-day contracts. He made such an impression on the team that he will sign a standard contract for the remainder of this season, a league source told The Detroit News on Tuesday.
The deal also has a non-guaranteed option for the next season, which gives Cook the chance to play with the pistons during the off-season and capitalize on the potential as part of the Summer League team.
Cook, 23, a 6-foot-8 forward, occupies the last open roster slot the Pistons have for this season. He has shown his skill and versatility in 10 games with the Pistons this season. He had the top nine points of his career, adding three rebounds and two assists in Monday’s win in Oklahoma City. Averaging 3.7 points and 3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes, he has been a solid addition to the roster after playing four games with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season.
Cook impressed coach Dwane Casey early on in Detroit and has continued to improve in every game, which earned Casey’s heartfelt support.
“He’s an interesting guy. I don’t know what we can contract with him, but I’d like to keep him with me as much as possible. He’s one of those you want to keep on your program because he gives you everything, ”Casey said last week. “He can play power forward or center. He’s smart and quick to take things in and he’s physical and athletic. He’s still working on his filming, but everything else he brings to the table – and a few more.
“To his credit, he’s taken up everything we’ve done and that’s one of the reasons he’s ahead of the curve and we are comfortable bringing him into the game.”
In his previous time with the Pistons, he has taken a few minutes allotted for Sekou Doumbouya, the first choice of the Pistons in 2019. In the latter part of the season, the Pistons are evaluating their young players and there could be room for both of them on the list.
“You look for the effort – that’s the most important thing. Communication and how quickly they pick up things, ”Casey said last week. “Lots of 10 day people I’ve had over the years got in and it takes them 10 days to understand what you’re doing. The sooner you can walk in and study the film, study the practice, study the schemes and terminology and pick them up, the more successful you will be on the field. “