JULY 22: The Pelicans have made it official with Diallo, announcing the signing today in a press release.
JULY 20: The Pelicans have struck a deal with second-round pick Cheick Diallo, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, who reports (via Twitter) that the two sides have reached an agreement on a three-year contract. Terms of the agreement aren’t yet known, but other players who were drafted just before or just after Diallo last month have received at least two fully guaranteed years, along with a starting salary worth more than the minimum.
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Diallo, 19, was projected as a late first-round pick by several draft experts and was ranked as the year’s 24th-best prospect by both ESPN’s Chad Ford and DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony. The 6’9″ big man didn’t see much action during his only year at Kansas, averaging just 3.0 PPG and 2.5 RPG in 7.5 minutes per contest, but is viewed as having significant upside, particularly as a defender.
On draft night, the Pelicans agreed to a deal with the Clippers, sending the 39th and 40th overall picks to Los Angeles in order to move up to No. 33 to snatch Diallo.
The Pelicans also recently agreed to terms with Terrence Jones, and are said to be finalizing a deal with Alonzo Gee. New Orleans is the only team in the NBA that has to formally complete any of the contracts they’ve agreed to this month, but the mini-flurry of news related to the team today suggests that the Pelicans are likely close to making things official with those players.