Sacramento Kings sign Jack Cooley to two-way contract

The Sacramento Kings agreed with Las Vegas Summer League standout Jack Cooley to a two-way contract.  This article examines Cooley’s play and the signing.

The Sacramento Kings agreed to a two-way contract with big man Jack Cooley on Saturday (July 22) according to Chris Reichert. Cooley made the most of his opportunity playing for the Kings in the Vegas Summer League.  He averaged 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and a steal per game in Sin City.  Cooley was also a fan favorite amongst the Vegas crowd.

The two-way contracts are new for the upcoming season.  They limit players to 45 days on the NBA roster with no guarantees they will join the NBA team at any time. The perks for the teams of two-way contracts are the contracts will not count against the team’s salary cap, and the player is a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the deal.

Jack Cooley is 26 years old and was a standout player at Notre Dame before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. Cooley played professionally in Turkey before landing with the Utah Jazz for a brief spell. He played this past season playing in Germany for  MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.  Last season, Cooley averaged 12.95 points and 6.92 rebounds per game in just 19.2 minutes a night.

He will spend most of this season with the Kings’ G-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. His post game is advanced, and his range is slowly extending. Cooley must improve defensively on both the perimeter and protecting the rim to have a chance to stay in the NBA.