With most of the top names off the market in free agency, teams are searching for role players on reasonable salaries. The latest free agent to come off the board is none other than Cheick Diallo.
This past season, Diallo averaged 6.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Pelicans. It was by far the best season of his young career.
After spending three years in New Orleans, the former Kansas star is ready for a new beginning. He’ll be heading over to a franchise that has plenty of minutes to spare.
Diallo reached an agreement with the Phoenix Suns on a two-year deal, per ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowksi.
Free agent F Cheick Diallo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, league source tells ESPN. In three seasons with Pelicans, Diallo averaged 5.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 133 games.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 17, 2019
Phoenix is now coached by Monty Williams, who is thought of as one of the better coaches in the league at developing talent.
Coming out of high school, Diallo was the No. 5 overall recruit from his class. Unfortunately, all his potential didn’t translate into immediate success at Kansas.
Diallo still has time to develop into an impact player since he’s just 22 years old. His decision to sign with the Suns allows him to compete for a prominent role, whereas the Pelicans were loading up their frontcourt with rookies, such as Zion Williamson and Jaxon Hayes.
The Suns now have two former Jayhawks on their roster for next season, as Diallo joins Kelly Oubre in Phoenix.