The Dallas Mavericks continued to fill out their roster as they signed a pair of rookies on Sunday to 10-day contracts.
The Mavericks signed rookie forward Ben Bentil, and less than an hour later they came to terms on a contract with rookie guard Quinn Cook. The new additions gives the Mavericks the NBA maximum of 15 players on their roster.
Bentil was a second-round draft pick (51st overall) by Boston last summer, but was waived after playing just three preseason games with the Celtics. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound averaged 14.5 points and five rebounds in 13 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the National Basketball Association Development League.
A native of Ghana, Bentil led the Big East in scoring (21.1 points), field goals made (246) and free throws made (194) during the 2015-’16 season while playing for Providence.
Meanwhile, Cook played four seasons at Duke and helped the Blue Devils win the 2015 National Championship. No team chose to select the 6-2, 180-pounder in the 2015 NBA Draft, and he eventually signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cook was waived on Oct. 24, 2015 after playing six preseason games with the Cavs and wound up averaging 19.6 points and 5.4 assists last year with the D-League’s Canton Charge. He also was selected as the D-League Rookie of the Year and was named to the D-League All-Star team.
Cook is averaging 26.1 points and 6.7 assists per game this year with the Charge, and won the Most Valuable Player award of the D-League All-Star game last weekend in New Orleans.