According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Oklahoma City Thunder will be signing second round pick, 19 year old shooting guard, Hamidou Diallo to a 3 year, $4M contract. Diallo is an athletic gifted player after spending 1 season with Kentucky averaging 10 PPG, 3.6 RPG, and 1.2 APG, he also shot for 43% from the field and 34% from the 3 point line.
Second-round pick Hamidou Diallo of Kentucky will sign a 3-year, $4M deal with Oklahoma City, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2018
Diallo was drafted originally by the Brooklyn Nets with the 45th pick from last month draft before being traded to the Charlotte Hornets as part of the Dwight Howard trade, involving Howard going to Brooklyn (bought out later/signed by Wizard 2 year/$10.9M). Timofey Mozgov, Diallo, and 2021 second round pick going to Charlotte. Diallo was unofficially (now officially) traded to the Thunder moments later for a 2019 second round pick and cash considerations.
Diallo started making a noise in the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League after an amazing performance against the team that originally picked him up, Brooklyn Nets, scoring 19 PTS, grabbing 8 REB, 2 STL, shooting 7/11 (63%) from the field, and a perfect 2/2 from the 3 point. Diallo would later finish his 5 games in the Summer League averaging 10.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1 SPG, and shot 49% from the field.
The Thunder will be using $838k from their $5.3M MLE as part of the deal, meaning the Thunder currently have $4.5M worth of the MLE as of July 25, 2018. Thunder are doing this because players can only be signed to a maximum of 2 years/minimum deal. Thunder will also acquired Diallo full bird rights and he will be a restricted free agent after his contract is over.
2018/19 (1st year) - $838K
2019/20 (2nd year) - $1.4M
2020/21 (3rd year) - $1.6M
2021- Restricted Free Agent
Do you think Diallo will find time on the court with the Thunder in his rookie year?
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Hello, I’m Kenny Dang, I am currently a High School student from the state of Oklahoma and a die-hard Thunder fan since day 1. I love to talk and write about Thunder basketball, NBA, or sports in general.