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Nets waive Andre Roberson, Iman Shumpert and Noah Vonleh; sign Tyler Cook to 10-day

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With the Wednesday deadline for guaranteeing players contracts looming, the Nets waived guards Andre Roberson and Iman Shumpert as well as center Noah Vonleh and signed Tyler Cook, a 6’9” G League big, to a 10-day deal, according to various reports.

Shams Charania reported two of the three waived, Roberson and Shumpert, will sign 10-day deals Friday if they clear waivers, giving Steve Nash a chance to further evaluate them. Vonleh appears to be gone.

Also, no surprise: Tuesday night’s reports suggest that Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will be guaranteed for the rest of the season, giving Brooklyn his Bird Rights come August.

With the moves, the Nets roster will remain at the league maximum of 17 players: 12 with standard contracts, three on 10-day deals and two on two-ways.

Adrian Wojanarowski and Charania tweeted out the news shortly after the Nets beat the Kings...

Team can extend players to a second 10-day before having to decide whether to keep them. Roberson was signed a week ago and Shumpert at the end of January but he’d been sidelined with a hamstring strain until Tuesday night. The moves will also save the Nets some luxury taxes, but the primary rationale appears to be giving Sean Marks roster flexibility and Nash some time to take a further look at them.

Nash spoke about Roberson’s potential post-game, comparing the 6’7” 29-year-old to Tuesday night’s hero, Bruce Brown.

“Bruce makes it look easy. It’s not easy to be a 6’3” guard and be picking, rolling, catching the ball, finishing. Andre’s a very intelligent player as well, but I don’t want to put that on him. He can do some picking and rolling for sure, and he can definitely guard some bigger players,” said Nash, making the comparison.

On Wednesday, the Nets confirmed reports of the Cook signing. The 23-year-old went undrafted out of Iowa in the 2019 NBA Draft and has bounced around the G League and NBA fringes since. Last season, Cook played in 13 NBA games, two with Denver and 11 with Cleveland, averaging 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in a combined 4.2 minutes.

This season, he signed with the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G League affiliate, where he’s been averaging 20.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game. He is not a 3-point shooter, but has defensive potential with his 7’1” wingspan and athleticism.

His best game was the Wolves opener vs. the Long Island Nets, when he finished with 31 points on 14-of-20 shooting, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks. He is not a 3-point shooter ... or at least hasn’t been.

Dakota Schmidt of Ridiculous Upside, our G League sister site on SB Nation, had this to say after the signing...

Darren Wolfson, who’s a Timberwolves beat writer, said Brooklyn, not Minnesota, was Cook’s “top choice!”

And John Hollinger offered his take on where Cook would fit with the Nets...

Cook played high school ball with the Celtics Jayson Tatum in their native St. Louis.