Thunder Trade Hamidou Diallo To Pistons

MARCH 13: The trade is official, according to press releases from both teams.


MARCH 12: The Thunder are trading guard Hamidou Diallo to the Pistons for swingman Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2027 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The future pick was originally acquired by Detroit from Houston in the Christian Wood sign-and-trade.

Diallo will be a restricted free agent with his qualifying offer projected to be worth approximately $2.1MM. However, the Pistons didn’t acquire Diallo to let him walk in free agency. They view him as a core piece, Wojnarowski reports in a separate tweet. Luguentz Dort‘s emergence made Diallo expendable, as Woj explains.

Mykhailiuk will also be a restricted free agent this summer. Currently, his QO is the same as Diallo’s.

The swap was executed by OKC general manager Sam Presti and his former assistant Troy Weaver, who was hired by Detroit last year as its GM and has nearly turned over the entire roster since then.

A second-round pick in 2018, Diallo has enjoyed a breakout season in his third NBA year with the Thunder. The 22-year-old is averaging 11.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG and 2.4 APG in 23.8 MPG. He’s a subpar 3-point shooter (career 26.2%) and free throw shooter (62.9%).

The 6’5” Diallo has a 7-foot wingspan and is extremely athletic, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press tweets. He’s currently sidelined by right groin soreness and hasn’t played since February 24.

Mykhailiuk, who began his career with the Lakers three seasons ago, has a different skill set. He’s a career 36.9% 3-point shooter and has knocked down 11 in Detroit’s last three games. He dished out a career-high eight assists in a loss to Charlotte on Thursday.

Overall, the 23-year-old Mykhailiuk is averaging 6.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG and 1.6 APG in 17.6 MPG over 36 games this season.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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33 thoughts on “Thunder Trade Hamidou Diallo To Pistons

    • Sillivan

      To me, this is meaningless trade, I hate this trade

      I like these 4 trades
      Davis to Lakers
      Kawhi to Raptors
      George to Clippers
      Harden to Nets

  1. BrianBrian

    amazing trade for both teams if they keep them in free agency. I’m excited to see Diallo get more playing time

  2. RyanO

    2027 second round pick … lmao crazy how far out that is .. almost 2 presidential election cycles away .. each of which feels like an eternity.

    • hiflew

      Not only that, but think about the fact that the person drafted with that pick is probably in the 5th grade right now. So it’s very likely that Diallo was just traded for Svi and a kid that hasn’t even hit puberty yet.

      • jump shot

        Some kid eating Fruit Loops this morning before he goes to aau practice just got traded and doesn’t even know it?

  3. Simmons>Russ

    Two players both of about equal ability on expiring deals traded and the Thunder get a second rounder.
    Thunder win this deal.

    • doobiejc

      Not even close. Diallo gets playing time and turns into a very good player

      • Simmons>Russ

        Diallo gets 24 mins and puts up 12-5-2, Sci gets 7-2-2 in 18 mins. Not a hell of a lot of difference, and both have very different skill sets which the teams need. Pistons want the athleticism and defence and Thunder needed the shooter.

    • WallyWood

      OKC rarely, if ever, wins any deals they make.

      All this talk about how great a GM Sam Presti is makes me laugh.

      They have all of these draft picks, but in 5-10 years they’ll be the same OKC.

      • hiflew

        Depends on how they use them. If they keep them like the Celtics and end up with a hodgepodge of young players, they will not be good. But if they package the picks to move up or get a good player that would fit with SGA, they could end up pretty good.

        Right now it is all about collecting draft capital, but it’s kind of like buying stock futures. If it works out, you look like a genius, if it doesn’t you have wasted both time and money.

      • SheaGoodbye

        And yet the Thunder are already better than the Rockets right now. In Year 1 of the rebuild. And they already have a lot of nice young talent before cashing in on many of those picks.

        How long before you become too ashamed to show your face here when the Rockets are the worst team in the NBA while the Thunder go on to become an annual playoff threat?

      • Simmons>Russ

        Never said Presti was a great GM and wins all his trades but I’d count this as a win. As for in 5-10 who really knows. Personally I don’t think they will win any rings or anything but they might have a nice roster with a couple all stars. SGA is already looking amazing and gets better every year.

        I like hiflews idea, it’s about owning stocks and then sitting and waiting for them to develop and be valuable. I think the Thunder should draft in a couple first round picks and second round picks from their many picks they own but they really do have to use them in trades also. That’s where I think the Horford contract will work nicely. It decreases in value and the last year has an opt out. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them splash some cash in FA too and go to the playoffs while rebuilding

  4. JayHeck2158

    Svi was 3-10 from 3 point land last night in Charlotte and the Pistons lost by 3….believe this poor shooting night sealed his fate as Weaver realized what he had with him (or did not have)

    • illowa

      you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. by those standards, they lose by 12 without him.

    • Simmons>Russ

      He went 3-10 and your saying that’s a poor shooting night. If he was to have made 1 of those 7 misses more and shot 4-10 you’d probably say he’s a well above average shooter.
      Plus your trading for a worse shooter in Diallo so I don’t think your comment means much

  5. I liked a lot of Weaver’s moves, but can’t stand this tendency of some new GMs to rid their rosters of holdovers. Minn and Atl GMs did this manically after taking over. Casey should make sure his resume is ready to go within the next year.

    • x%sure

      If Casey can avoid getting blamed for losing, he should be a Weaver guy stylistically.

      Good point about those 3 new GMs going too far. I like that they go so hard for synergy and planning, but fans (and players) may not like the ride; and to win the GMs still have to be competent.
      ATL bailed on their plan; so far, not to good effect.

      • Casey and Weaver have personal and professional chemistry, or so it appears. Still, Weaver is setting both of them up with his “look at me” and “my type of guys” approach to remaking the roster. If they don’t improve after a year or so, Weaver’s premature ownership of his roster will result in premature heat on him. He’ll own the failures (and be fired) or find a fall guy to buy him some more time.

      • Simmons>Russ

        ATL is still rebuilding it was the owner I believe that told the GM he had to spend all that money and make the playoffs. It was a bad FA year and they didn’t exactly get what they wanted. The results haven’t been good enough and hence why the coach got sacked.

        I think without the owners input they wouldn’t have spent as much and still wouldn’t be good but they would possibly have a better draft pick come the end of this season and maybe John Collins would’ve done better without Gallo coming in.

        • Input? Not really. The owner didn’t just wake up one day and suggest the GM spend money. It starts with the GM taking over a winning team and gutting it. Then the owner gets upset that the team’s progress is so slow, and questions the GM. It’s the GM that blamed the team’s youth across the board was a reason (i.e., not the talent he assembled). The owner was effectively calling out the GM on his analysis, by saying he’ll finance spending the cap space on veterans to complement the young players. If there’s still no improvement, then the GM spent the $$ on the wrong vets or vets weren’t the problem.

  6. formerlyz

    Kind of a weird trade for both sides. Pistons need shooting between their defensive playmaking versatile guys. Their rotations have been mostly questionable anyway this year, so I guess it makes sense. I wonder if they’re going to potentially move Delon Wright now

    OKC adds some shooting they could use, but they do already have Ty Jerome. He went 1-8 last night, so maybe that plays into it a bit.

  7. Nice trade by the Pistons Hamidou Diallo has been having Career year and should develop fine with detroit young core.

  8. x%sure

    Great trade in that Svi is so Presti, Hamidou is so Weaver. They are hugely different players though similar in height & position. Hamidou was one of the best college backcourt rebounders I’ve seen, and Svi is crazy creative. They should be better fits with the FO preferences.

    Presti & Weaver have to have made a bet over this… winner gets what?
    Best stats will go to whichever player gets the most PT and gets teammates to accept and rely on their ways.

    • "Stons" Fan

      I say Weaver wins that bet. He jumped out on Jerami Grant when just about 80% of fans in the basketball world thought he was crazy for giving him that contract. He knows full well what Diallo will turn into and gave up pretty much nothing to get him. Weaver will be a future GM of the year!

      • GRAPEAPE34

        Huh? No one thought DET was crazy to give Grant that deal. Everyone knew thats what he was going to get. DEN literally offered him the exact same contract. No difference, they put the exact same money and years out. And it was what he almost had already played himself up to before he even left OKC. Part of OKC trading him was they changed directions and weren’t going to be paying him $16M+ the next summer. That number was the starting area expected, and that was before last season and the playoffs even more so. By the end of the playoffs any NBA fan watching knew Grant was about to get that extra couple million to the $18-$20M a year range. Which is why DEN came with that offer too. Grant just made his decision based on race and getting more touches/control of the offense. not on more money

      • Simmons>Russ

        I agree Weaver did well with Grant and he’s probably going to do well with Diallo. Having been the assistant in OKC he would know Diallo personally and I think he’s going to do well. My one thing I’d mention is that he could’ve got him in FA at the end of the season and kept the second round pick. Now he’s traded for him, Diallo may continue to improve and become more expensive to keep in FA or coach Casey may decide Diallo is actually a step down from Svi and doesn’t want him from now till the end of the season.
        I can’t see the later happening but I just though it would’ve been better business fo wait till the offseason then go for him

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