Tidjan Keita

Suns Waive Tidjan Keita, Elijah Millsap

2:45pm: In addition to cutting Keita, the Suns have also waived swingman Elijah Millsap, tweets Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic. Having dropped Millsap’s non-guaranteed deal, Phoenix is now ready for the regular season, with 15 NBA players and two on two-way contracts.

1:54pm: The Suns have waived French forward/center Tidjan Keita, according to the team website. Keita just signed on Friday, so the organization seems to have plans for him in the G League.

The 20-year-old got an invitation to camp based on a pre-draft workout with the team in May and an impressive showing with Toronto’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.

The move brings the Phoenix roster down to 18 players, including two-way deals for Alec Peters and Mike James. One more move will be necessary to reach the limit.

Suns Sign Tidjan Keita

The Suns have made an addition to their preseason roster, announcing today in a press release that they’ve signed undrafted rookie Tidjan Keita. The club’s roster is now back up to 19 players.

Keita, a 6’10” forward/center, played for the Raptors in this year’s Las Vegas Summer League after going undrafted in June. The 20-year-old Frenchman spent last season at the Thetford Academy in Quebec, Canada. His lone mention in the Hoops Rumors archives prior to today was related to a pre-draft workout with Phoenix back in May, so the Suns must have liked what they saw from him during that session.

Details of Keita’s agreement aren’t known, but it’s likely a non-guaranteed deal, perhaps with an Exhibit 10 clause. I’d expect the Suns intend to have the youngster join their G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns.

Draft Notes: Knicks, J. Jackson, Suns, Lakers

There are a number of potential player/team matches in the top 10 of this year’s draft that might make sense on paper, but should be avoided in reality, according to the staff at The Ringer. Danny Chau identifies De’Aaron Fox as a less than ideal fit for the Sixers, while Jonathan Tjarks makes the case for why the Knicks should steer clear of Dennis Smith Jr.

Other picks to be avoided, in the views of The Ringer’s NBA writers? The Mavericks and Lauri Markkanen; the Kings and Jayson Tatum; and the Magic and Jonathan Isaac.

Here are a few more draft-related items from around the basketball world: