Cooke was waived by the Heat on Thursday.
Cooke was only on the roster for a handful of days, as the the Heat were likely just trying to secure his G-League rights. Unless Cooke fields interest elsewhere in the NBA or receives a lucrative contract offer overseas, look for him start the 2018-19 campaign in the G-League with the Heat affiliate.
Cooke joins DeAndre Liggins as recent signings by the organization, while Marcus Lee and Malik Newman were waived in the corresponding moves. Despite the new contract, Cooke will likely have a tough time making the final roster and could start the year in the G-League or overseas. Cook spent last season on a two-way deal with the Pelicans and appeared in just 13 total NBA games.
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.
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