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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

Damian Lillard: Warriors-Blazers 'completely different' with one change

Damian Lillard: Warriors-Blazers 'completely different' with one change

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Warriors swept the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals.

The Dubs won Game 1 by 22 points, Game 2 by three points, Game 3 by 11 points and Game 4 by two points in overtime.

Damian Lillard believes one variable changed everything.

"I think going into the Western Conference finals, in my mind this was a shot for us to win it all," he told reporters on Tuesday. "I really felt like we could have beat the Warriors and went on to win it all.

"I think we have Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic), it's a completely different situation. And that's not a crutch or an excuse, I just think with him out there our season would have probably been extended a little bit longer."

"Completely different" as in Portland wins the series? 

"Probably been extended a little bit longer" in that the series goes to six or seven games?

Is this the moment when somebody tells Dame that the Warriors were missing Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins all four games and didn't have Andre Iguodala in Game 4?

Not having Nurkic -- who averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds before suffering a season-ending broken leg on March -- was absolutely a big loss for the Blazers.

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But let's just make sure we keep in mind the full context when discussing hypotheticals. 

Thanks.

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Richard Jefferson perfectly sums up Warriors' sweep in three tweets

Richard Jefferson perfectly sums up Warriors' sweep in three tweets

Richard Jefferson knows how quick the Warriors can flip the switch. He dealt with it last year in the NBA Finals, as he faced them as a member of the Cavaliers. Now, he's seen it as an analyst. 

To date, the former small forward only has 135 tweets. His last three, however, perfectly describe the Warriors and their sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals.

Here they are, from oldest to newest. 

Notice the time stamps -- those are all tweeted in the middle of Game 2, Game 3 and Game 4. 

The Warriors cliched their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals on Monday night with a 119-117 overtime win in Game 4 of the conference finals. 

In doing so, Golden State became the first team to overcome three consecutive 15-point deficits in the NBA playoffs in two decades. The Blazers actually led for more minutes than they trailed in the series, but none of that matters. 

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As Richard Jefferson knows, no lead is safe against the Dubs.