HoopsHype Hamady N'Diaye rumors

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Scott Schroeder: Word on the street: the Washington Wizards are assigning Hamady N'Diaye to the D-League. Good opportunity for him to play. Twitter

July 19, 2011 Updates

One year into his professional basketball career, Hamady N’Diaye is embarking on a side gig: philanthropist. The former Rutgers University basketball standout just spent two weeks visiting his native Senegal and laying groundwork for a foundation to help children there. His arrival was celebrated by family and community members who have followed his hardwood journey. This past winter the 7-foot center played in 16 games for Washington Wizards and also spent time in the D-League as he battled knee and ankle injuries. “It’s been four years since I took a basketball break,” N’Diaye said of the trip home. “It was something I needed to do because I haven’t seen my family or anyone really besides my mom and dad. And it was absolutely a need for me to go back and see what I could do now that I am more focused and mature and I have a career. I wanted to scout it out and see how I am going to go about this business of helping out.” My Central Jersey

N’Diaye is vice president of “Giving Back,” a coalition of African basketball players who have succeeded in the United States on either the college or professional level. Along with other members of the organization he visited an orphanage near his hometown of Dakar, bringing groceries and other needed items. He also decided to sponsor the education of two girls, sisters ages 10 and 11, that his mother had “already kind of adopted.” “I took over for my mom and I’m trying to do even more than just those two kids,” he said. “We’re talking with schools about building bigger and better classrooms.” My Central Jersey

N’Diaye said he wants to model his philanthropy on that of former NBA all-star Dikembe Mutombo, who has become one of Africa’s foremost humanitarians. Of course that depends on the funds at his disposal. With the NBA lockout, his future is uncertain. But one way or another, he is committed to helping out his homeland. My Central Jersey

January 6, 2011 Updates

The Washington Wizards will assign rookie center Hamady N'Diaye to the NBA D-League's Dakota Wizards in anticipation of Dakota's back-to-back series against the Maine Red Claws beginning Thursday. The 2009-10 Big East Defensive Player of the Year was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 56th overall selection in this year's NBA Draft, though he was traded to Washington, along with fellow rookie Trevor Booker, for Lazar Hayward and the rights to Nemanja Bjelica on draft night. FanHouse.com

September 7, 2010 Updates

The Wizards extended a contract tender last week to second-round pick Hamady N'Diaye, ensuring that the team would retain his rights. The team had until Sept. 5 to make the offer - which was a non-guaranteed contract worth the league minimum - before N'Diaye became an unrestricted free agent. The Wizards still expect N'Diaye to play in Europe next season, although N'Diaye's agent, Keith Glass, told the Washington Examiner last week that his client's limited playing time during summer league damaged his prospects for work overseas. "We'll see how everything shakes out," Grunfeld said, when asked if there is a chance that N'Diaye comes to training camp. "He's a good defensive player, a good rebounder, but he has a lot to learn, like most young players." Washington Post

September 1, 2010 Updates

With less than four weeks to go before the Washington Wizards open training camp, second-round draft pick Hamady N’Diaye remains unsigned, and thanks to a very limited showing at the Las Vegas Summer League, he has very few options as he awaits a tender. “We did have an interest in going to Europe,” said Keith Glass, N’Diaye’s agent. “But what happened in the summer has ramifications, and it can’t just have ramifications for Hamady.” Washington Examiner

Glass said he still expects the Wizards to send N’Diaye a non-guaranteed, minimum contract offer, but until then, there's not much N'Diaye can do but wait. “I don’t have anything that is fair for him to take,” said Glass when asked about European interest. “It’s not even that kind of choice.” Washington Examiner

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