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Jack Cooley and the Kings prepare for summer league. Why they won't do so together

Kings forward Jack Cooley drives to the basket past Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney at Golden 1 Center on March 31.
Kings forward Jack Cooley drives to the basket past Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney at Golden 1 Center on March 31. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Jack Cooley has heard it all from Kings fans.

The forward on a two-way contract has been called the "G.O.A.T." on social media and has heard MVP chants during last year's summer league.

Cooley will have to get that love elsewhere, as the Kings have opted not to extend him a qualifying offer.

The 27-year-old, who becomes an unrestricted free agent, expressed his gratitude toward the team and fans Sunday on Twitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I’m boarding a flight right now and you Kings fans have me all smiles. I will always remember my time with the <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> fondly. Top class organization with top tier fans. Thanks to each and every one of you.</p>&mdash; Jack Ryan Cooley (@JackCooligan45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JackCooligan45/status/1013545344334901248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

James Ham, a Kings insider for NBC Sports Bay Area, reported Sunday that Cooley will play in the summer league with the Phoenix Suns, who had the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, one spot ahead of the Kings.

Cooley didn't have eye-popping statistics for the Kings. In seven games off the bench last season, he averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 12.4 minutes. Still, his hustle on the court made him a favorite among fans.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yasssss!!! Jack Cooley is the GOAT... He may just be the new Brian Scalabrine! And that&#39;s next level. <a href="https://t.co/lQSIpTo7sO">https://t.co/lQSIpTo7sO</a></p>&mdash; Mr. Nemo (@awesomeniemeier) <a href="https://twitter.com/awesomeniemeier/status/928142635189129216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is how good Kings fans are:<br><br>Kings fans are more upset about us not resigning Jack Cooley than Lakers fans are about not getting Paul George</p>&mdash; Kings Draft Consultant (@TheDom45) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheDom45/status/1013485787453648896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jack Cooley doesn&#39;t live like mortal men. He may be my favorite King ever. <a href="https://t.co/4MExrNLXo4">https://t.co/4MExrNLXo4</a></p>&mdash; Chris Duerr (@ChrisDuerr) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisDuerr/status/1012551513758191618?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Even Jason Jones, The Bee's Kings reporter, jumped in on coming up with a name for Cooley. But the forward informed him that he's already had the name.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fun fact: <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonlmarch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jasonlmarch</a> has been calling me this since 2013. <a href="https://t.co/OV4XIyCAtl">https://t.co/OV4XIyCAtl</a></p>&mdash; Jack Ryan Cooley (@JackCooligan45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JackCooligan45/status/1013549801902755841?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Cooley will get his first chance to play against some of his former teammates Saturday, when the Suns face the Kings in Las Vegas at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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