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Top Mamadi Diakite News
Mamadi Diakite: Released by Thunder
Diakite was released by the Thunder on Wednesday, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
The 25-year-old drew starts in each of Oklahoma City's first three games in February, but he returned to a bench role Monday and will now be let go after the Thunder acquired KZ Okpala on Wednesday. Diakite averaged 4.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game across 24 appearances with the Thunder this season.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Shifts to bench
Diakite will come off the bench Monday against the Warriors, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
Diakite averaged 7.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while starting the past three games and will move to the bench Monday. He should serve as the reserve center with Derrick Favors entering the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Big game in win over Portland
Diakite logged 12 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks across 30 minutes during Friday's 96-93 win over the Trail Blazers.
This was easily the best game of Diakite's brief NBA career, which began with the Bucks last season before he was picked up by the Thunder in mid-January. Diakite is still on a 10-day deal -- his third with OKC -- so he may not have much security, but if the Thunder opt to sign him for the remainder of the season, he could emerge as an out-of-nowhere fantasy option on a team with its sights set on another high lottery pick. Oklahoma City doesn't have a ton of appealing options at center, and that's especially true with Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (foot) set to miss at least the next six weeks.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Grabs 10 boards in spot start
Diakite contributed two points (1-5 FG), 10 rebounds, one block and one steal across 18 minutes during Wednesday's 120-114 overtime victory over Dallas.
Diakite was a surprise starter Wednesday, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds in the process. Although the Thunder are clearly looking to develop their young players, Diakite does not appear to have a secure long-term role, at least from a fantasy perspective. He is a name to watch in deeper formats, but for those in standard leagues, there is no reason to make any speculative moves based on this one performance.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Joins starting five
Diakite will start Wednesday's game at Dallas, Brandon Rahbar of DailyThunder.com reports.
Diakite will make his first start of the season with Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (foot) a late scratch for Wednesday's contest. Derrick Favors should also see more run at center for the Thunder.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Re-ups with Thunder
Diakite signed a third 10-day contract with the Thunder on Monday.
Diakite's last 10-day deal officially expired Monday morning, but the team moved swiftly to bring him back for another stint. The ex-Virginia standout has appeared in eight games for the Thunder, averaging 3.0 points and 3.3 boards in 11.6 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Mamadi Diakite: Contract lapses
The Thunder didn't re-sign Diakite after his 10-day contract expired Monday, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.
Oklahoma City still has time to add Diakite back on the roster ahead of Monday's game against the Trail Blazers, but he would have to be a brought back on a second straight standard 10-day deal and his third 10-day deal overall (his first was a COVID-19-related hardship exemption). The second-year big man has filled a minor role in the Thunder's frontcourt rotation over the past eight games, averaging 3.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.8 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Bags another 10-day deal
The Thunder re-signed Diakite on Friday to a second 10-day contract.
Oklahoma City immediately plugged Diakite into its rotation upon signing his initial 10-day deal, as he appeared in each of the past four games while averaging 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.0 minutes. He should continue to see backup minutes in the Thunder frontcourt while Derrick Favors frequently sits due to rest and minor injuries and while Aleksej Pokusevski remains in the G League.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Back with Oklahoma City
Diakite (hip) signed a 10-day hardship contract with the Thunder on Tuesday, NBA writer Marc Stein reports.
Diakite was waived by Milwaukee and claimed by the Thunder at the end of September, but he fractured his hip in mid-October and was eventually waived by Oklahoma City as well. However, the Virginia product appears to be healthy again after signing a new hardship deal with the Thunder. He'll likely operate as a reserve frontcourt option while Kenrich Williams and Isaiah Roby are sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Waived by OKC
Diakite (hip) was waived by the Thunder on Saturday, Rylan Stiles of BricktownBuckets.com reports.
Diakite fractured his hip earlier in the week, so it's not too surprising that the Thunder let him go. It's possible he ends up in the G League.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Fractures hip
Diakite suffered a broken hip during Thursday's preseason contest against the Bucks and has no timetable for his return, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
The Virginia product spent last season with the Bucks before being released by the team this offseason and eventually getting picked up by the Thunder. However, Diakitie sustained a fractured hip Thursday and is out for the foreseeable future. This news certainly does hurt the 20-year-old's chance of making the Thunder roster this year.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Out Wednesday
Diakite (hip) is out for Wednesday's preseason tilt against the Nuggets.
Diakite will have just one more chance to play in the preseason before the regular-season opener. The injury may impact his chances to make the Thunder's final roster.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Picks up hip injury
Coach Mark Daigneault said Tuesday that Diakite is dealing with a hip injury, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
The severity of the injury is unknown, but it's expected to be more serious than initially anticipated. Diakite's status for Wednesday and Thursday's preseason contests against the Nuggets are in jeopardy, and if he is unable to suit up, he may lose out on a roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Mamadi Diakite: Finds work with OKC
The Thunder claimed Diakite off waivers from the Bucks on Sunday, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
Diakite spend most of the 2020-21 season playing on a two-way deal for Milwaukee before the Bucks upgraded him to a three-year, standard NBA contract in April. Heading into training camp, the Bucks apparently didn't deem the 24-year-old power forward worthy of a spot on the 15-man roster, but Diakite will get the opportunity to compete for minutes in the frontcourt with a rebuilding Thunder squad. Diakite averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game over his 14 appearances with the Bucks last season, but he shot only 40 percent from the field.... See More ... See Less
Bucks' Mamadi Diakite: Puts up 13 points Sunday
Diakite registered 13 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-8 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block across 38 minutes in Sunday's loss against the Bulls.
Diakite logged a team-high 38 minutes and while he failed to shoot the ball efficiently, he ended just three rebounds away from a double-double while making an impact on the defensive court as well. That said, Diakite is not expected to see a lot of playing time during the postseason and should be a fantasy non-factor moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Bucks' Mamadi Diakite: Inks multi-year deal with Bucks
Diakite, previously on a two-way contract, will have his deal converted into a multiyear agreement with the Bucks, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
While on a two-way contract, Diakite initially saw action in the G League bubble with the Lakeland Magic, as the Bucks did not send their affiliate, the Herd, to the bubble. He was an All-G League selection by way of 18.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 assists in 27.7 minutes. With the Bucks, he's totaled 95 minutes across 11 games, racking up 27 points, 25 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals.... See More ... See Less
Bucks' Mamadi Diakite: Plays career-high 23 minutes
Diakite totaled 10 points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 23 minutes during Friday's 127-119 loss to the Hornets.
In the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), Khris Middleton (knee), Jrue Holiday (knee), Brook Lopez (back) and Donte DiVincenzo (hip), Diakite played a career-high 23 minutes. The rookie made the most of his run by scoring a career-high 10 points, with the majority of those (six) coming from a perfect night at the free-throw line. In his four years at Virginia, Diakite never shot above 78 percent from the charity stripe, but he did average 4.1 free-throw attempts per game his senior year, so it is nice to see that translating to the NBA.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-9, 218 lbs|
|Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea|