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The Oklahoma City Thunder are signing second-round draft pick Hamidou Diallo to a three-year, $4 million contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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 selected with the 45th overall pick in the draft by the Charlotte Hornets, but was then traded to the Thunder in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2019.
The former Kentucky guard played for the Thunder in five games in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 boards, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field.
Former NBA executive Bobby Marks, now of ESPN, says the move to sign Diallo is a solid fiscal move for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City saves money by signing second round pick Hamidou Diallo and not signing a player to a veteran minimum contract. Diallo will come in at a cap hit of $838K and push the payroll in Oklahoma City to $149.6M and a current luxury tax bill of… https://t.co/1lQXpMvGD8
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 25, 2018
Diallo is nor concerned about where he was drafted or the fact he was immediate traded.
“You can be the No. 1 pick or the 60th pick, it doesn’t matter,” Diallo said. “We’ve seen it happen multiple times where the No. 1 pick doesn’t pan out and the 60th pick does.
“So you just got to go out there and work hard and just always know that it’s not about your pick, it’s all about fit and how bad do you want it?”