The Oklahoma City Thunder has waived forward Mamadi Diakite, guard Justin Jaworski and center Oliver Sarr it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Diakite appeared in two preseason games for the Thunder and averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.2 minutes. He was originally claimed off waivers by the Thunder on Sept. 26, 2021.
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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.
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October 17, 2021 | 7:48 pm EDT Update
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