Daequan Cook was waived by the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. The former three-point shootout champion wasn’t in the Rockets’ plans and never found his way to the rotation.
Cook was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft with the 21st overall pick. He was immediately traded to the Miami Heat, where he spent three seasons. He had decent numbers there, including a career-high 9.1 points per game in the 2008-09 season. In that same season, he stopped Jason Kapono’s reign as the three-point champion during All-Star Weekend. Cook was traded in the summer of 2010 to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2nd round draft pick that turned out to be Dexter Pittman.
As a member of the Thunder, he routinely came off the bench as a three-point specialist although he did start 22 games for them in the 2011-12 season. He was part of that Oklahoma City team that went to the Finals last season. Cook was then part of the James Harden blockbuster trade as he went to Houston along with Cole Aldrich and Lazar Hayward in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and various picks.
As mentioned, Cook never found his way to the Rockets rotation and was waived on Wednesday. Now he’ll get to help out a Bulls team that is in need of a bit of a scoring punch and outside shooting. Cook will get even more looks when Derrick Rose returns.
Cook has played in 295 games overall and has averaged 6.9 points in his career. He is a .365 shooter from three. In Houston, he played 16 games and averaged 3.4 points in just over 10 minutes per contest. He is currently shooting .367 from behind the arc.