Eric Nehm: A league source has confirmed @Jim Owczarski’s earlier reporting to The Athletic. Mamadi Diakite has grabbed the Bucks’ 15th roster spot on a multi-year deal and the Bucks signed Justin Jackson to fill his two-way spot. Their roster is full at 17 players (15 + 2 two-way deals).
Simply, Mamadi Diakite wanted a shot. Undrafted out of the University of Virginia, the 6-foot, 9-inch forward with an NCAA championship ring hoped to get a chance just to play in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks gave him that with a two-way contract. Four months later, Diakite has taken full advantage of the opportunity and the club will convert that deal into a multi-year contract.
“I have more to prove, I have more to give to the team and I have more to show to the fans,” Diakite told the Journal Sentinel. “Them doing this shows me that they trust me in many ways, but I still have work to do. I’m someone who always got it out of the mud and I’ll keep fighting my way through that.”
John Hollinger: Mamadi Diakite agreed to a 2-way with Milwaukee, making him the 8th Wahoo with an NBA contract for this season #wahoowa ... now somebody give Justin Anderson a gig!
Matt Velazquez: League source confirms the Bucks are signing Bryn Forbes to a two-year deal as first reported by @Adrian Wojnarowski. Also, the Bucks will bring in Jaylen Adams and Mamadi Diakite on two-way contracts and EJ Montgomery will come to Milwaukee on a training-camp deal.
May 8, 2021 | 9:34 pm EDT Update
The Sixers won their eighth straight game with a 118-104 victory over the Pistons on Saturday night, moving ever so closer to locking down the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid led the way with 29 points, and strong efforts from Dwight Howard and Tyrese Maxey were among the standouts from the supporting cast.
Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers on the playoff rotation: “I think we’re very comfortable with who were are going to play. I think we’ve been comfortable.” Says they “won’t blink” at playing 11 guys if they need to
May 8, 2021 | 8:54 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: There it is. Russell Westbrook has officially tied Oscar Robertson’s all-time triple-double record of 181 for a career, a record that has stood for 47 years. Westbrook now has 21 triple-doubles in his last 25 games and will go for the record Monday against the Hawks.
Russell Westbrook is making history every other day at this point and Saturday night was no exception. The Wizards’ point guard earned his 7,988th assist against the Pacers, passing former Wizards point guard Rod Strickland for 12th all-time on the NBA’s career assists list.