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Report: The Nets would’ve picked Diallo

Bryan Fonseca of has it on good faith that Brooklyn would’ve used one of its two first-round picks on Hamidou Diallo in this year’s draft:

If the name Bryan Fonseca sounds familiar to you, it is because he was the first person to report Hamidou Diallo would return to Kentucky, over an entire day before Diallo announced that decision. The credibility is strong in this one.

That leaves us to wonder what Brooklyn told Diallo before he decided to return. If the team was so set on drafting him, why didn’t they give him the promise he was seeking? And if they did, why did he come back?

I guess it doesn’t matter now though. He’s a Wildcat.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Report: The Nets would’ve picked Diallo

  1. JASUN74
    4:25 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    To lead the Cats to a National Championship and become the # 1 pick in the NBA draft. I think he made a great decision and believe he will be SEC and National player of the year.

  2. BBNDan7
    4:35 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    He probably watched the NBA the last 5 years…

  3. Angelo
    4:35 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    i thought Cal told him if he had a top 20 promise, he should take it. 22-27 is close. Maybe that is why he took until the last minute to decide.

  4. kybigblue
    4:50 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Sometimes another player who they didn’t expect to have a chance of getting drops unexpectedly in the draft so a team may be reluctant to guarantee a player that they will take him if he is still available when their pick comes around.

  5. kvltclassic
    4:50 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe the Nets told him they’d pick him with their first round pick next year…… oh wait….

    • Bluebloodtoo
      5:41 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      That doesn’t make any sense. They aren’t going to guarantee that. Too many unknowns become clear over a few weeks, let alone a year.

    • ready4nineNOW
      7:51 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

      Blueblood lol the nets, as of right now, do not have a first round pick next year.

  6. devotedsoles528
    4:53 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Either way, I think he made a great decision. I believe he will play himself into a top 10 pick. If he was promised by the nets, but decided to come back to UK…he believes it too! Let’s get number 9?!?

  7. Aar
    5:14 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Since his decision to play a year of post graduate high school ball, I believe Diallo has done a great job gathering information, listening to advisors and making informed decisions at every turn. In this case, I suspect he is well insured and recognizes that he will make significantly more money over the next 5 years even if he waits a year and goes in the same position in the next draft. The new CBA and TV contract are expected to be that much more lucrative. Add that to the opportunity to develop in an environment that is less demanding with less physicality than the D league all under a coach who is probably better than D league coaches and I think he made the best decision for himself. It also happens to be very good for BBN.

  8. Bluebloodtoo
    5:39 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Somewhere I read that Diallo was looking for pick 16 or better. Those 20 something picks aren’t 16 and it would have taken something from the Nets organization to get down to that 16 pick. The Nets had to decide if taking a calculated risk on an unproven player was worth the cost to get that 16th pick. Their choice now seems obvious. It’s highly likely that this choice is going to work out much better for Hami than for the Nets, but I don’t fault either of them for their choices.

  9. ewma223
    6:42 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Play for the garbage fire that is the Nets, or play for a title at UK and go top 10 next year. You can see why he made the choice he did.

  10. TBW3011
    7:47 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe he wasn’t seeking the promise you’re assuming he was seeking?

  11. Catlogic15
    7:51 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    “The credibility is strong in this one”. Haha. That’s rich.

  12. CstlCAT22
    10:18 pm May 27, 2017 Permalink

    Lol c’mon… Well maybe when they stand at the podium to announce their pick they’ll state “well we would have picked Diallo, but…”