Cooley signed a contract last week with Dinamo Sassari of the Italian League.
Cooley spent the 2017-18 season with the Kings on a two-way deal. He played almost exclusively at the G League level, logging a mere seven appearances with Sacramento in what marked his first NBA action since the 2014-15 campaign. The 27-year-old center didn't turn many heads while suiting up for the Suns' summer league squad in July, so he'll test his luck overseas in 2018-19.
Cooley was with the Kings on a two-way contract last season, often flipping between the big club and the team's G-League affiliate. He saw action only only seven games at the NBA level and as a result, the Kings felt he was expendable. Look for Cooley to now join the Suns for summer league, where he'll attempt to impress the staff with the hope of earning a training camp invite. The 27-year-old forward isn't a lock to make a final regular-season roster.
Cooley appeared in seven games with Sacramento and mustered 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.
This was Cooley's second year in the NBA while his rookie season was during the 2014-15 season with the Jazz. The Notre Dame product wasn't much of a factor in his seven games but did manage a season high 10 points on the final day of the regular season. Cooley will probably land on a G League team for next year.
The Kings recalled Cooley from the G League's Reno Bighorns ahead of Saturday's 112-96 loss to the Warriors. Cooley finished with seven points (3-5 FG, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes.
With Zach Randolph (personal) unavailable and Kosta Koufos not playing in a coach's decision, space in Sacramento's big-man rotation opened up for Cooley, who hadn't appeared with the Kings since March 9. Reno is set to play Tuesday against the South Bay Lakers in the G League postseason, so Cooley's next outing could come with the Kings' affiliate team.
Cooley amassed 19 points (6-19 FG, 7-7 FT), 18 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block during Saturday's 136-122 win over the Texas Legends.
This was Cooley's best rebounding performance of the season as he also lead all G League players Saturday in the respective category. The 26-year old from Notre Dame has been a dominating force in the paint for the Bighorns all season long, contributing with 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game so far.
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