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February 2, 2021 04:20 PM
Cheick Diallo: Finds opportunity overseas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo signed a contract Tuesday with Russian club Avtodor Saratov, Johnny Askounis of reports.

The 24-year-old will make the jump overseas after spending the past four seasons at the NBA level with the Pelicans and Suns. After Phoenix declined his team option for 2020-21 in November, Diallo was unable to catch on with another team during training camp. If he fares well overseas, Diallo could draw renewed interest from NBA teams ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

March 8, 2020 09:44 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Scores six in 14 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo accrued six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes during Sunday's 140-131 victory over the Bucks.

Diallo has seen 14.3 minutes per game over his last two outings, seeing some run while DeAndre Ayton (ankle) is sidelined. Unfortunately, Diallo hasn't done much with the playing time, averaging 4.0 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting from the field in those two contests. Ayton shouldn't be out for much longer, so Diallo remains little more than a super-deep-league option.

February 22, 2020 10:08 AM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Playing time dwindles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo came off the bench and played only one minute Friday in the Suns' 118-101 loss to the Raptors. He missed his only field-goal attempt and accrued no other statistics.

Diallo had started the Suns' final two games before the All-Star break and totaled 25 points and 12 boards between the two contests, but he lost his spot on the top unit with Deandre Ayton (ankle) returning to action. Ayton's top backup, Aron Baynes (hip) was also cleared to play following a multi-week absence, resulting in Diallo falling out of the rotation entirely. Diallo's only action came in the final 1:28 of the fourth quarter, when the outcome was already decided.

February 21, 2020 06:36 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Back to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo will come off the bench for Friday's contest against the Raptors.

With Deandre Ayton (ankle) back in the fold, Diallo will resume a reserve role. In 36 appearances off the bench, he's averaging 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds across 10.0 minutes.

February 11, 2020 11:32 AM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Serviceable in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo totaled 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot across 39 minutes in Monday's 125-100 loss to the Lakers.

While Diallo was able to score, he faced an uphill battle Monday against Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis, as they both dominated the boards. The Suns had no choice but to run Diallo for almost 40 minutes due to the massive size mismatch in the interior. The Suns have a 9-21 record when Deandre Ayton isn't in the lineup, which represents nearly 64 percent of their losses.

February 10, 2020 09:12 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Draws spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo is starting Monday's game against the Lakers, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.

Diallo will enter the starting five for a Phoenix team that's dealing with multiple injuries at center. Aron Baynes (hip), Dario Saric (ankle) and Frank Kaminsky (kneecap) are all out of commission Monday evening.

February 9, 2020 11:12 AM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Goes scoreless in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo compiled zero points (0-1 FG) and one rebound in just five minutes during Saturday's 117-108 loss to Denver.

Diallo was coming in on the heels of a 14-point performance but was unable to keep things going. He barely troubled the scorers and was more of an afterthought in the Suns rotation. He does have a decent enough fantasy game, but the playing time is rarely sufficient to warrant a roster spot in competitive formats.

February 8, 2020 01:20 AM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Comes off bench to score 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo had 14 points (5-5 FG, 4-4 FT), eight boards and three blocks in 24 minutes of a 127-91 win against the Rockets on Friday.

Diallo reached double figures for the second time in his last four games in a perfect effort from the floor. His scoring outburst coincided with increased playing time as he also logged more than 20 minutes for the second time in last four games. He'll face the Nuggets on Saturday.

February 2, 2020 06:04 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Logs 26 minutes versus Bucks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo posted 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes during Sunday's 129-108 loss to the Bucks.

Diallo reached double figures in scoring for the first time since Dec. 4. Moreover, he hadn't earned 20-plus minutes since Nov. 27, but he saw time at both the power forward and center spots with Dario Saric (ankle) and Aron Baynes (hip) sidelined. Saric isn't traveling with the team on this current road trip, so depending on the status of Baynes, Diallo could earn decent minutes again during Tuesday's tilt against the Nets.

January 16, 2020 11:52 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Swipes three in 15 minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo collected two points (1-2 FG), three steals, one rebound and one assist in 15 minutes during Thursday's 121-98 win over the Knicks.

Diallo matched his career high in steals while earning double-digit minutes for the first time since Dec. 28. He has been limited to single-digit minutes in seven of his last nine appearances, and given the plethora of big men on the team's roster it's unlikely Diallo will be able to make much of an impact for fantasy purposes barring a bunch of injuries.

December 5, 2019 10:04 AM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Productive night off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo had 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 128-114 loss at Orlando.

Diallo delivered another strong scoring output, as he topped the 15-point mark for the third time in his last four games. Diallo has seen a notable rise on his playing time due to the lack of depth on the frontcourt and while this shouldn't be sustainable on a long-term scenario, he should remain a strong play off the bench over the next few games.

December 4, 2019 02:04 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Good to go Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

As expected, Diallo is available Wednesday after missing the team's previous game due to an undisclosed illness. He should be in line for steady run in his first game back with Aron Baynes (calf) unavailable. Diallo has seen double-digit minutes in five games this season and is averaging 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 20.2 minutes in those contests.

December 3, 2019 03:56 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Expected to play Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo (illness) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Magic, Kellan Olson of reports.

Diallo didn't travel for Monday's game in Charlotte due to the illness, but he'll be with the team in Orlando on Wednesday and is expected to play. The 23-year-old is averaging 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 9.5 minutes this season, but he could be more involved Wednesday with Aron Baynes (calf) sidelined.

December 3, 2019 02:16 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Traveling for Wednesday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo (illness) will join the team in Orlando for Wednesday's game, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

Diallo didn't play Monday against the Hornets and didn't even travel with the team due to the illness. The 23-year-old has yet to be officially cleared but appears to have a chance to retake the court Wednesday.

December 1, 2019 05:20 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Out with illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo has been ruled out for Monday's game at Charlotte due to an illness, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.

Diallo was limited to four minutes in Friday's game versus Dallas, but it's unclear how long he's been battling the illness. The 23-year-old's next chance to take the court will be Wednesday against the Magic.

November 28, 2019 01:16 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Double-double as substitute
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo had 17 points (7-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 140-132 loss against the Wizards.

Diallo has seen a considerable spike in his playing time of late, reaching double-digit minutes in each of his last five outings and playing over 20 in the last two. He has also scored over 15 points in his last two games so his value will continue trending in the right direction as long as he keeps seeing decent minutes off the bench.

November 25, 2019 11:36 AM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Scores career-high 22 points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo posted 22 points (10-12 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 36 minutes in Sunday's 116-104 loss to the Nuggets.

Diallo had entered the Phoenix rotation over the past few games while both Aron Baynes (hip) and DeAndre Ayton (suspension), but it wasn't until Sunday that coach Monty Williams fully turned him loose. The fourth-year big man saw by far his most playing time of the season and outplayed starting center Frank Kaminsky (seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes). Ayton will be out until at least Dec. 17 and Baynes appears likely to miss additional time as well, so Diallo could make for a decent speculative pickup in the event Williams elects to downsize Kaminsky's role.

October 31, 2019 04:28 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Logs four points in Wednesday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo scored four points (2-2 FG) in two minutes during Wednesday's 121-110 win over the Warriors.

Diallo has appeared in three of the team's five contests thus far this season. However, he has seen exactly two minutes in each of those matchups. Despite the recent suspension of Deandre Ayton, Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky have been holding down the fort down low while Diallo has essentially been an afterthought.

July 17, 2019 05:48 PM
Suns' Cheick Diallo: Signs two-year deal in Phoenix
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diallo signed a two-year contract with the Suns on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Diallo's free agency dragged on a bit longer than expected, but he'll land in Phoenix, where he'll primarily compete with Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky for backup minutes at both power forward and center. Just 22 years old, Diallo averaged 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 combined steals/blocks in 64 games for the Pelicans last season (14.0 MPG).

June 26, 2019 05:52 PM
Pelicans' Cheick Diallo: Won't get qualifying offer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pelicans declined to extend a qualifying offer to Diallo ahead of free agency, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

This isn't overly surprising after New Orleans exercised Jahlil Okafor's team option and drafted Jaxson Hayes eighth overall, but Diallo figures to draw a decent amount of interest on the open market. The Kansas product, who averaged 14.0 minutes per game last season, will be an unrestricted free agent on June 30.

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