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Sources: Warriors working on multi-year NBA contract with Quinn Cook

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Sources: Warriors working on multi-year NBA contract with Quinn Cook

For nearly a month, the Warriors have been speaking of Quinn Cook in both the present and also the future tense. During that time, words have gained momentum toward action.

The Warriors and Cook’s representatives are negotiating a deal for a standard NBA contract, over two seasons, in hopes of having it signed by the two-way point guard in time to add him to the postseason roster, multiple league sources have informed NBC Sports Bay Area.

The advanced stage of the negotiations was first reported by ESPN.com.

Though the postseason roster deadline is noon on April 13, everyone on that roster must be under a standard NBA contract by the end of that team’s season to be eligible. The Warriors play their season finale April 10 at Utah, with the postseason beginning the weekend of April 14-15.

Team sources say the Warriors are committed to doing whatever they can to lock up Cook and enter the postseason as the starting point guard. Two-way players are not eligible for postseason play.

The Warriors cannot add Cook to the roster without first releasing one of 15 players, the maximum allowed, currently under a standard contract.

The team’s intention to secure Cook beyond this season dates as far back as midseason, according to sources. Those desires intensified after Stephen Curry sustained a sprain of the MCL in his left knee on March 23. He is not scheduled to return before late April.

Since replacing Curry in the starting lineup on March 25 against Utah, a six-game span, Cook has averaged 16.5 points on 52.7 percent shooting, including 50 percent beyond the arc. In starting 13 of the past 14 games, Cook averaged 16.2 points on 52.2 percent shooting from the field, including 45.9 percent beyond the arc, and 88.9 percent from the line.

Cook has consistently stated that he would like to remain with the Warriors beyond this season. One factor in that goal is his friendship with Kevin Durant. The two grew up in the Washington D.C. area and have known each other for about 15 years.

Curry’s absence has given Cook a lot of leverage. He was wanted a month ago. He is needed now. Indeed, the Warriors have been making plans for him to be their starting point guard when the playoffs begin.

Warriors guard McCaw requests temporary G-League demotion

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Warriors guard McCaw requests temporary G-League demotion

OAKLAND -- After meeting last week with his father, Jeff McCaw, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, second-year guard Pat McCaw requested a temporary demotion.

He’s leaving the NBA for a few days to spend some time with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

“I just asked if I could go down there and get some consistent run in, get up and down and get my conditioning right,” he said after practice Wednesday. “Just play.”

He’ll report to Santa Cruz on Friday.

While this move doesn’t prohibit the possibility of McCaw being included in a trade ahead of the deadline at noon Thursday, it would seem to diminish the likelihood.

“It’ll be great for him to get some shots,” Kerr said. “Most games, he only gets a couple shots up. And he plays limited minutes. It’s hard to emerge from a slump or a funk or whatever when you’re only getting a couple shots a game.

“Patrick’s been great defensively. He’s somebody I believe in and we believe in, as an organization. He’s got a bright future, but he needs to play more.”

After a solid rookie season during which he started 20 games, McCaw has struggled to earn minutes behind starters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. His field-goal percentage is similar, at 44 percent, but his 3-point shooting is declined from 33.3 percent to 24.6. Moreover, his efficiency rating of 8.6 is the lowest on the team.

The diminished effectiveness clearly has damaged McCaw’s confidence.

“I’m a big perfectionist guy; I don’t like making mistakes at all,” he said. “Having that on my shoulders as well as trying to go out there and make sure I’m doing the right thing, it’s kind of tough to play like that.”

McCaw’s minutes have fluctuated wildly, from a high of 28 to a couple DNP-CDs.

Kerr has expressed his hope that either Nick Young or McCaw seize the backup minutes at shooting guard. Young is making more an offensive impact, while McCaw has been better on defense, but neither has affirmed his role in the rotation.

Kerr concurred with McCaw’s suggestion.

“He was glad I brought it up,” McCaw said. “He kind of feels where I’m coming from. As a coach and as a player, that’s what you want to see. I was glad he kind of embraced it and liked the idea and now it gives me a better feel that he understands how I feel about it.”

Report: Santa Cruz forward no longer signing 10-day contract with Pelicans

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Report: Santa Cruz forward no longer signing 10-day contract with Pelicans

UPDATE (6:05pm on Friday) -- The Pelicans have changed course and will not sign Terrence Jones to a 10-day contract, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

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It appears Terrence Jones' time with the Santa Cruz Warriors has come to an end.

The Pelicans are finalizing a 10-day contract with Jones, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Jones signed with Santa Cruz in mid-December.

Over eight games for the Sea Dubs, he averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.1 steals.

He shot over 53 percent from the field and made 7-of-19 3-point attempts.

The 26-year old forward appeared in 51 games (12 starts) for New Orleans last season, averaging 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.

Jones was originally selected 18th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 draft.

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