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Source: Warriors give Quinn Cook qualifying offer just before deadline

Source: Warriors give Quinn Cook qualifying offer just before deadline

NBA free agency never sleeps.

The Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to point guard Quinn Cook, making him a restricted free agent, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Logan Murdock confirmed Saturday through a source.

Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes first reported the news.

The Warriors’ qualifying offer to Cook is worth $1.9 million and comes just before the Saturday deadline to extend one. The amount of the offer is based on a pre-determined set of criteria that takes into account Cook's draft position, years of experience and how much he has played.

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The Duke product averaged 6.9 points per game last season for Golden State while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range. Making Cook a restricted free agent gives the Warriors the right of first refusal, allowing them to match any contract offered to the guard by another team and thus retaining him

With the Warriors in need of shooting going into next season, it makes sense for them to look to retain Cook, who has proven to be a reliable option during his time in Golden State. 

Steph Curry says sitting with broken hand 'hardest thing' in career

Steph Curry says sitting with broken hand 'hardest thing' in career

The 2019-20 season has been extremely rough for the Warriors.

It's been even worse for Steph Curry.

“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” the two-time NBA MVP recently told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic.

Wow.

Remember, Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle in May 2011, and then was limited to just 26 games (of 66) during the 2011-12 lockout season.

He had a second procedure in April 2012, and as ESPN's Pablo Torre wrote in February 2016: "Curry didn't know if he'd wake up owning a dead man's tendons. The worst-case scenario now? Total re-reconstruction, meaning that everything rebuilt in Curry's first surgery would be reattempted. If that proved necessary, they'd use better parts -- specifically, tendons from a cadaver."

He sprained his right MCL during the 2016 playoffs, missed four games and wasn't at full strength the remainder of the postseason.

In 2016-17, he made only 51 regular-season appearances, and didn't return until Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals because of a sprained left MCL.

Yet none of that stacks up to his current predicament -- a broken left hand. The three-time NBA champion sustained the injury Oct. 30 against the Suns, and will be sidelined until February at the earliest.

In the end, he might end up missing about three quarters of the season.

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“I’ve always been (injured) mostly during the offseason," he told Thompson. "That year was the lockout year, so it was a much shorter time on the shelf.

"I’m going to lose my mind.”

This makes sense. He just wants to play.

Get well, Steph. But also -- hurry back. The NBA needs you.

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Warriors' Damion Lee excited to get out of 'detention', rejoin team

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Warriors' Damion Lee excited to get out of 'detention', rejoin team

SAN FRANCISCO -- For weeks, Warriors guard Damion Lee has been sequestered to the team's training room, prompting a running joke among his fellow injured teammates. 

"We're in detention while everybody's having recess," Lee explained Tuesday afternoon.  

A two-way player, Lee has frequently outplayed his contract status, becoming a dependable member of the rotation. A fractured bone in his right hand impeded that progress, forcing him to miss a month of action. Now, after being upgraded to probable for Wednesday's matchup against the Knicks, he's eager to get back into the fold. 

"I'm good. I'm going out there and not thinking about it," Lee said. "It took its course and it's healed, and everything's fine. When the time comes, I will be out there on the court, and whenever my number's called, just go out there and get the butterflies out early, and just have fun."

Lee joined Golden State on its most recent five-game road trip. After missing Monday's loss to Memphis, he was a full participant at Tuesday morning's practice, including a 3-on-3 scrimmage beforehand. While listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Lee expects to be slowly brought back. 

"I highly doubt I'm going to be out there playing 30, 35 minutes. Just going out there," he said. "Just coming off the bench, just trying to bring that spark, muck up the game, and just have fun with everything."

Following an injury-plagued college career at Drexel and Louisville, Lee went undrafted in 2016 before bouncing around the league, including G League stops with the Maine Red Claws and Golden State's affiliate in Santa Cruz. This season, he has capitalized on the opportunity created by Klay Thompson and Steph Curry's combined absence. In a win over the Pelicans on Oct. 28, he scored a career-high 23 points, adding 11 rebounds. 

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His availability comes with a caveat. As a two-way player, he can only be with the Warriors for 45 days, after which they will be forced to waive him, sign him to a guaranteed NBA contract or send him back down to Santa Cruz for the duration of the season. As of Tuesday, Lee has 31 days left with the Warriors. 

Lee's return to the roster comes as Golden State is getting healthier. In the last week, expected contributors Kevon Looney, Jacob Evans and D'Angelo Russell all have returned from various injuries. Lee believes he'll reach his previous production levels in due time. 

"I know tomorrow I'm not going to go out there and be perfect," Lee said. "I know I'm not going to make every shot, I'm not going to miss every shot. But it's just going out there and just doing things at game speed. Obviously, being in the game, but preparing at game speed and just going out there, and once it all starts to click, then it'll obviously go up. Going out there tomorrow, the main thing is just playing hard and having fun."