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Quinn Cook explains why he never seriously considered testing restricted free agency this summer

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Quinn Cook explains why he never seriously considered testing restricted free agency this summer

Just before the 2018 playoffs started, Quinn Cook signed a "multi-year" deal with the Warriors.

Year 1 included the final game of the regular season (he made just under $15,000), plus the playoffs.

Year 2 is for the 2018-19 campaign, when he will make $1,544,951 guaranteed.

Cook could have chosen a route that would have made him a restricted free agent this summer, enabling him to test the market.

But he never seriously entertained that idea.

"I wanted to just be a part of the team. Didn't matter for how much money -- I didn't care," Cook said on the Warriors Outsiders Podcast earlier this week. "I wanted to be part of the team. They gave me a tremendous opportunity ... I didn't care.

"For them to give me a guaranteed contract..."

So it wasn't much of a negotiation?

"Exactly," Cook said. "I know the situation on the team. You have these guys who make a lot of money, so whatever I need to do to just be part of the team, I want to do. It was an easy decision for me."

Considering how little money was available this summer, it was a wise decision.

If the Warriors extend Cook his $1,931,189 qualifying offer next June, he will become a restricted free agent in July 2019.

In case you forgot -- over a 13-game stretch late last season, Cook averaged 17.8 points and 5.2 assists, while shooting over 51 percent from deep.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Kerr discusses his favorite story-within-the-season: 'That's true satisfaction for a coach'

Kerr discusses his favorite story-within-the-season: 'That's true satisfaction for a coach'

The Warriors' third title in four years was the hardest of them all.

There were tumultuous moments and the scrutiny was immense.

But there were also plenty of joy and some great stories along the way.

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On Thursday, Steve Kerr revealed his favorite "non-we-won-the-title-again" storyline.

"Maybe Quinn Cook," Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "He did have plenty to do with the destination. But I love the stories within the season. There's a lot of them. Nick Young was a great story -- just seeing how he responded to the first time in his career to being on a great team ... I could see at the parade it was all worth it for him.

"But Quinn's story is just awesome to me -- to see a guy in the G League, who bounced around the league a little bit for a year or two and then him come in and replace Steph Curry ... then come in in the New Orleans series and help us win games.

"And to see him crying at the end of it all -- that's true satisfaction for a coach. When you see somebody like that succeed, it's like, 'OK. All is right in the universe.'"

Over a 12-game stretch from March 16 to April 7, Cook averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 assists, while shooting over 54 percent from the field and over 52 percent from deep.

He earned himself a spot on the playoff roster and a contract worth just over $1.5 million next season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

From no minutes to garbage-time minutes to 'it was a big night for Quinn' Cook

From no minutes to garbage-time minutes to 'it was a big night for Quinn' Cook

In Game 1 vs the Pelicans, Quinn Cook played meaningful minutes.

He recorded 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

When Steph Curry returned in Game 2, it resulted in a DNP for Cook.

In Game 3, Cook only got action in "garbage time."

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In Game 4, it was a totally different story.

Cook checked in for Klay Thompson with 2:58 left in the first quarter. And about a minute later, he made a very difficult floater to give the Warriors a 33-15 lead.

Through three quarters, he scored 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

"I went with Nick the first two games because of the matchup," Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. "I wanted to get more size in the starting lineup. I knew we were gonna be switching a lot, and we were without Steph.

"With Steph back, it changes the rotation, it changes the matchups. The matchup's better for Quinn coming off the bench. He was fantastic. He made some big shots for the us in the first half and settles us down offensively.

"It was a big night for Quinn. He played an important role."

And most importantly, he received the honor of being Grant Liffmann's "friend of the show of the game" on Warriors Outsiders.

Congratulations, Quinn.

You finally made it.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller