Cooke didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Pelicans and will now become an unrestricted free agent, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Cooke was signed to a two-way contract last season, ultimately seeing action in just 14 games with the Pelicans. Instead, Cooke spent most of his time with the G-League's Salt Lake City Stars, where he played in 25 games and averaged 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals across 25.3 minutes. The 23-year-old should be able to score a training camp invite elsewhere, though there's a decent chance he starts the upcoming campaign in the G-League once again.
Cooke did not score (0-1 FG) during Friday's 122-103 win over the Suns.
Cooke has not scored since recording four points way back on Dec. 19. The rookie out of Dayton is averaging a mere 0.5 points across 12 games played this season.
Cooke (undisclosed) returned to the lineup for Saturday's G-League win over Agua Caliente, posting seven points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-5 FT), two rebounds, one assist and three steals across 18 minutes.
Cooke missed the team's previous contest with an undisclosed injury, but was back in the lineup and didn't appear to be limited. However, he did struggle offensively, shooting just 25 percent from both the field and three-point line, while also hitting just 40 percent from the free-throw line. Cooke should continue to get extended run in the G-League considering he's seen action in a total of just eight games with the Pelicans while on his two-way contract.
Cooke did not play during Thursday's 101-96 win over Iowa due to an undisclosed injury.
It's not exactly certain what injury prevented Cooke from participating Thursday. He remains day-to-day for the Stars' upcoming game Saturday against Agua Caliente. The first-year player from Dayton is averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds through 24 games played this season.
Cooke has been transferred to the G-League's Salt Lake City Stars on Monday.
Cooke has seen appeared in just one game for two minutes since December 27, so his absence shouldn't have an effect on the Pelicans' rotation. He is currently on a two-way contract with the Pelicans, so he may return to the main roster at some point, however it's unlikely he'll make much of an impact at the NBA level this season.
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