Cook, a 23-year-old former Iowa standout, will bolster the Pistons’ roster depth through the March 25 NBA trade deadline. In eight G League games with the Iowa Wolves this season, he averaged 20.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 33.3 minutes, shooting 59.9% from the field.
He appeared in four games with the Brooklyn Nets this season, playing 17 minutes.
Following a four-year career at Iowa, Cook — 6 feet 8, 255 pounds — went undrafted in 2019 and signed a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets. After a stint last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and their G League affiliate, the Canton Charge, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Blue, where Troy Weaver presumably got to see him play up close. Weaver is in his first season as the Pistons’ general manager.
Cook averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds in 105 career college games. He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media, third team by the coaches, as a redshirt junior in 2019.
The Pistons’ roster is now at 15 players as they approach the trade deadline, which could see more activity following Friday’s trade of Svi Mykhailiuk for Hamidou Diallo.