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DeSagana Diop, whom the Cavaliers selected eighth overall in 2001, is on the team's official training camp roster this month. Diop was a draft bust who started just five games in four years with the Cavs, but he has managed to stick around the NBA for 12 seasons. He spent the last five seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats and averaged 0.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games (one start). Akron Beacon Journal

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Veteran center DeSagana Diop has been through some of the most recent tough times in Charlotte since being traded to the Bobcats in January 2009. The No. 8 overall pick of the 2001 draft will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and makes it clear he wants to end his career wearing a Bobcats uniform. “I like Charlotte a lot,” Diop said to HOOPSWORLD. “I get along with the coach [Mike Dunlap], the general manager [Rich Cho] and the good people of Charlotte. I’m just going one day at a time this season and see what happens this summer.” HoopsWorld

“I’ve got a couple more years and I’m out of here,” Diop said. “I’m going to play until I can’t play anymore. But you realize that you’re 30 [years old] and that it’s not how it was at 25 when you wake up. Your body aches. Your ankles, knees and all of that. You just got to take care of your body and at the same time, you realize that it’s coming to an end.” “I’m the second oldest guy on the team. It’s crazy. You know when I was coming into the league I was 18 [years old], the youngest. It went so fast though. I just try to be a leader and help the young guys.” HoopsWorld

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Another player who looks good is 7-0 Desagana Diop. When I say he looks good, I mean he’s lost a lot of weight. It’s as if he and Thomas made a trade. Diop no longer is 350 pounds or 330 or whatever he played at last season. He’s less than 300. He can run down court without pausing to rest. Guard Gerald Henderson is the best player in the scrimmage, and he plays as if he knows it. He is especially effective in the lane, freeing himself with a quick step or a sudden stop. Charlotte Observer

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The Bobcats still owe center Gana Diop about $7.4 million for next season, and Silas wants to use him, perhaps even as a starter. Silas said Diop, currently out with a hamstring strain, has promised to be in Charlotte this season for extensive workouts. Charlotte Observer

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DeSagana Diop: I'm going to miss real Madrid against Barca today, promise my kids I was gonna take them to the playground after practice. Daddy duty Twitter

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