NAZ Suns trade Derek Cooke Jr. to Raptors 905
NBA G League
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Almost a month after trading away the rights to Isaiah Canaan and Josh Gray, the Northern Arizona Suns have made yet another move just days after snapping their franchise record 14-game losing streak.
Tuesday, the Suns announced they had acquired forward Khadeem Lattin and the returning rights to center Yanick Moreira from the Raptors 905 in exchange for Derek Cooke Jr.
Cooke was a member of the inaugural Suns for the 2016-2017 season, but decided to play overseas last year before returning for this year’s campaign. Cooke was averaging 6.8 points and 7.9 rebounds on only 45 percent shooting from the field, which is a bit of a drop from the 7.5 points per game and 55.7 percent shooting from the field he averaged in his previous NBA G League season. As his numbers had dropped slightly, Cooke also had not played a game since the Suns’ contest against the Windy City Bulls on Dec. 19; he only played 10 minutes in that outing.
At 23-years-old this has been Lattin’s first year in the G League after a successful stint at the University of Oklahoma. Lattin played all four years for the Sooners where he now holds the career school record with 235 blocks. With his effort and defensive prowess, Lattin also put himself into some unique Big 12 company, becoming only the third player ever to total 700 points, 600 rebounds, 200 blocks and 100 steals in a career, joining Arthur Johnson (Missouri) and Nick Collison (Kansas).
As for his first year in the G League with Raptors 905, Lattin has played 24 games including seven starts and averaged 4.7 points. 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 17.7 minutes of play.
After last playing in the G League in the 2016-2017 season where he helped Raptors 905 win the G League championship, Moreira has taken his talents to Italy where he is currently playing in the top-tier LBA. In his last season with the Raptors 905, Moreira averaged 8.1 points on 46.9 percent shooting, along with 6.2 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game.
Moreira from Luanda, Angola, played his college basketball at South Plains College before finishing his last two years at Southern Methodist University under head coach Larry Brown. During his time there, he earned the AAC Most Improved Player award and spot on the All-AAC second team.
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