Cheick Diallo is moving on to the desert. Diallo has signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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
The New Orleans Pelicans declined Diallo’s qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. Still only 22 years old, the former Pelicans big man averaged 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds in a reserve role.
Cheick Diallo will now primarily compete with newly acquired Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky for backup minutes at both power forward and center. The Suns are hoping new head coach Monty Williams will be able to grow the young big in his system.
It has been a busy summer for the Phoenix Suns building their roster out. The Suns have also added Ricky Rubio, Cameron Johnson, Ty Jerome, and Dario Saric between free agency and the NBA draft. The team also re-signed forward Kelly Oubre Jr. The Suns are hoping these moves lead to breaking their postseason drought in the desert.