Update: The deal is official now
I don’t know how he does it, but Sam Presti has struck again. According to ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher, the Thunder have acquired sharpshooting guard Daequan Cook AND the 18th pick for OKC’s 32nd pick. That’s right, a quality shooter and a top 20 pick for the 32nd pick.
I don’t really have much commentary other than this is obviously a fantastic deal. The Heat obviously wanted out of the first round so they didn’t have to pay a guaranteed contract and wanted to shed Cook’s money so they have money to go after a big free agent. He may be look at as a throw-in, but he’s a good player and I’m sure OKC will give him a good look as a contributor. And something tells me Presti and the Thunder aren’t done swapping. Now OKC owns three first rounders and I’m sure Presti is looking to move up a little more.
Cook last season averaged five points a game in 15.4 minutes a game in 45 games. Cook also won the 2009 3-point contest, dethroning champ Jason Kapono.