The Nuggets released rookie forward Tyler Cook, the team announced Wednesday.

Cook had been on a two-way contract, and the timing could allow him to latch on with another team before the season begins.

Backup point guard PJ Dozier will be converted to the other two-way spot, a league source told The Denver Post.

As it stands, that would leave both two-way spots and 14 of the 15 roster spots filled before the season tips Oct. 23.

For Cook, it came down to depth. The Nuggets are loaded in the frontcourt and Cook was unlikely to see any minutes. Despite the decision, Nuggets coach Michael Malone was confident in Cook’s NBA future when he was asked about him at training camp two weeks ago.

“Tyler Cook, he’s an NBA player,” Malone said. “Obviously you only have a certain number of spots on the roster, but Tyler Cook is an NBA player. Very big and strong, very vocal on the defensive end.”

Dozier, at 6-foot-6, has played sparingly in the preseason but he could serve as another on-ball guard with only two point guards on the roster.