It may have been a rough draft night for former Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo, but it finally paid off this afternoon. The 6-6 athlete has officially signed on the dotted line with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Diallo’s deal with the Thunder is worth $4 million over the next three seasons.
Coach Cal was excited to hear the news. He tweeted, “I’m telling you, perfect spot for Hami. Couldn’t be happier for one of the greatest kids!”
Diallo had to wait a while to hear his name called in last month’s draft, going 45th overall to the Brooklyn Nets, which was owned by the Charlotte Hornets as part of the Dwight Howard trade.
Almost immediately after, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded for Diallo, making it the third hat the former Cat wore in a single night. If you watched any of his post-draft interviews, it was apparent the night drained him and he was ready to just call somewhere home.
Now, Oklahoma City will be that place for the next three years.
In five Summer League games, the explosive guard averaged 10.8 points (49 percent from the field) and 4.8 rebounds per contest. He even managed to shoot 44.4 percent from three, and though it was a small sample size, it was a major improvement from his time at Kentucky and a reason to be optimistic for the future. He was OKC’s top rookie performer in the event.
Diallo’s biggest moment came against his hometown Brooklyn Nets, where he managed 19 points and eight rebounds.
Look at the highlights below:
Congratulations to Hami on the big payday!