HoopsHype Hamady Ndiaye rumors

October 26, 2012 Updates

The Sacramento Kings today requested waivers on forwards Tony Mitchell, Willie Reed and center Hamady Ndiaye, according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Mitchell, a 6-6, 210-pound forward from the University of Alabama, averaged 1.7 points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3pt), 0.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 5.3 minutes per game in three preseason contests for the Kings. Mitchell played for the Kings during the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. NBA.com

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Sources told Ridiculous Upside that Julian Wright, a 2007 lottery pick and former member of the Kansas Jayhawks, signed a D-League contract on Thursday along with former Washington Wizards draft pick Hamady Ndiaye. Both players will find out their new team on Monday upon clearing waivers. It's an interesting career move for Wright, but probably a necessary one if he wants to get back to the NBA and prove he was once worth the 13th overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets. The last time Wright was in the news was for not wanting to play while he was with the Toronto Raptors last season, but should thrive in the D-League as ESPN's John Hollinger notes on his player page that "plays best in ragged, open-court games." Ridiculous Upside

February 8, 2012 Updates

Roger Mason: Sad to see my lil bro @Hamady Ndiaye waived today. It's a part of the biz, but he got too much work ethic and drive to let it keep him out! Twitter

February 7, 2012 Updates

The Washington Wizards waived center Hamady Ndiaye, the team announced on Tuesday night. Recently called up from the Iowa Energy, the Wizards’ D-league affiliate, Ndiaye played in just three games this season and did not score. Washington Post

January 2, 2012 Updates

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have assigned center Hamady Ndiaye to the Iowa Energy, the team’s affiliate in the NBA Development League. Ndiaye has not appeared in a game for the Wizards this season. He appeared in 16 games with the team in 2010-11 and spent 11 games with the Dakota Wizards (the team’s NBADL affiliate at the time), averaging 4.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game. NBA.com

December 11, 2011 Updates

Earlier this week Flip Saunders hinted that some familiar faces would be joining Wizards training camp soon. This afternoon center Hamady Ndiaye was re-signed pushing the training camp roster to 17 players. “Hamady gained valuable experience when he received more playing time at the end of last season and worked hard this summer to continue to improve,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “His tremendous attitude and work ethic make him a valuable piece of the team’s chemistry.” CSNWashington.com

December 9, 2011 Updates

Hamady Ndiaye is back from Ottawa, Ontario, where he spent the past two days getting a work visa that will allow him to play in the NBA for another season. Ndiaye provided updates on his travels on his Twitter account and managed to make a joke about Canada and its most well-known rapper in the process. “I forgot how cold it gets up here. Thts prob why drake sound depressed sometimes,” he wrote. Washington Post

October 19, 2011 Updates

Ndiaye’s agent, Marc Cornstein, said on Wednesday that Ndiaye’s first priority is to return to the Wizards, who extended him a qualifying offer worth $963,872 last May that made him a restricted free agent whenever the labor dispute is settled. Cornstein added that they would engage in more serious talks should the lockout linger. But Ndiaye’s “wait and see” approach hasn’t equated to sitting idly this offseason. “I got a lot of stuff accomplished,” said Ndiaye, who completed his communications degree at Rutgers and began to lay the groundwork for a foundation in his native Senegal. Washington Post

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Hamady Ndiaye limped around the locker room after the Wizards’ 97-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. He was disappointed that he wasn’t able to play, angry that he got hurt during pregame warm-ups by simply making a layup. “He crossed himself up,” Rashard Lewis joked with Ndiaye, trying to get him to smile. “Broke his own ankles.” Ndiaye chuckled and shook his head, unwilling to believe that he strained his left patella tendon “doing nothing.” Ndiaye said he would try to return before the season ends April 13, but Coach Flip Saunders wasn’t exactly optimistic, speculating that the rookie is probably done after aggravating an injury that he developed while playing for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Developmental League. Washington Post

April 1, 2011 Updates

The comic relief followed, when Saunders and Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra had to select an opposing player to shoot the technical foul shots. Spoelstra picked rookie Hamady Ndiaye, who had a look upon his face that said, “How did I get into all of this?” “That’s exactly the reaction that I had,” Ndiaye said with a laugh afterward. “I did not expect that one. I was really surprised. For me to even go shoot a technical foul. Coach said to me, before I got there, ‘This might me the only technical foul you ever shoot in your career.’ I was, ‘Ooookay.’ I kind of got very nervous in a second.” Washington Post

September 24, 2010 Updates

Secondly, while Hamady Ndiaye is working out at Verizon Center and expected to participate in training camp with the Wizards beginning next week, he has yet to accept the non-qualifying tender. Ndiaye most likely will take it, with only a few days left before camp and him unable to get offers from elsewhere. Ndiaye and the Wizards remain hopeful that he finds employment overseas before the regular season begins, because the longer he sticks around, the more problems it could possibly present for both sides. Unless Ndiaye completely blows away the Wizards in training camp and the preseason, the team does not plan on having him in uniform in the upcoming season. Washington Post

The dilemma for both sides is that the Wizards would lose Ndiaye's rights if they have to cut him in training camp. Ndiaye is seen as an extra asset for the organization, since the Wizards only asked for the 57th pick from Minnesota after they had already agreed to move up to get Trevor Booker. They would like to have Ndiaye in a Wizards uniform at some point, just not before he has developed and received some playing time and experience elsewhere. The way the Wizards are currently constructed, Ndiaye is unlikely to gain sufficient playing time in this season. Washington Post

August 29, 2010 Updates

The Wizards are unlikely to sign second-round pick Hamady Ndiaye for the upcoming season, according to a league source. They still retain his rights, but the source said that Hamady Ndiaye is also looking into playing overseas next season. The 6-foot-11 center whom Coach Flip Saunders affectionately likes to call, "H," had an uninspiring showing in summer league, as he averaged just 3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in limited minutes. He had nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the finale against New York, but the Wizards are not pressed to put him in uniform just yet. Washington Post

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