Dallas Mavericks to Sign Quinn Cook, Ben Bentil to 10-Day Contracts
With two roster spots open, the Dallas Mavericks turn to the D-League for their next call-ups.
The Dallas Mavericks went into the NBA trade deadline with question marks surrounding the expiring contracts of Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams. Now, the question marks are answered as both players are no longer on the roster.
Joining Bogut and Williams, Dallas traded away second year forward Justin Anderson in the deal that landed Nerlens Noel in Dallas. With Dallas sending off three players and taking back one player over the past two days, this obviously created two empty roster spots.
On Friday night, news broke of how Dallas is going to fill those two spots.
Chris Reichart, of The Step Back, broke the first news of the Mavericks deciding to bring Quinn Cook on for the next 10 days. With J.J. Barea injured and Deron Williams no longer on the roster, Dallas is beyond thin behind Yogi Ferrell at point guard.
The 6’2″ Cook plays for the Canton Charge where he is averaging 26.1 points, 6.7 assist, and 4 rebounds a game in 35 games played. Cook was regarded by many to be one of the next call-ups from the D-League and will give the Mavericks another body in the back court behind Ferrell.
Hours later, ESPN’s Marc Stein confirmed who the other 10-day contract would be for the Mavericks.
Bentil is a 6’9″ forward out of Providence where he is remembered for playing alongside of Kris Dunn. Currently playing for Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League, Bentil is averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds a game. Last year, Bentil averaged 21 points and 7 rebounds a game in 35 games played.
Bentil was the 51st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
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For now, it looks as if the Mavericks will take their turns with young flyers moving forward. Donnie Nelson referenced on Friday morning that they will be looking for “a few young mean, a Yogi type” and these two guys fit that bill.
Stein goes on to report that Dallas hopes to have the deals completed so they can join the team for practice on Sunday.
The plan with Cook should be simple for Dallas: to back up Yogi Ferrell so Seth Curry isn’t burdened with the responsibility. Until Barea is back, Cook should get decent minutes right from the start.
Bentil is a different story as many thought the Mavericks would just be looking for guard types to fill the roster. The key for Bentil will be proving he is quick enough to play on the wing at times as he competes for some backup minutes up front with Dwight Powell.
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What Dallas does with the remaining two roster spots for the rest of the season remains unclear, but for now, look for Cook and Bentil to get their fair shot.