The Detroit Pistons aren’t letting Hamidou Diallo go anywhere for another 2 more years. Detroit re-signs the 23-year-old to a 2-year, $10.4 Million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Diallo was the Pistons’ final restricted free-agent and was ultimately expected to return to the young core.
Diallo arrival in Detroit was at the trade deadline when Oklahoma City packaged him for Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2027 second-round pick. After returning from injury, the young guard played in 20 games over 23.3 minutes of action, averaging 11.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists
Pistons General Manager Troy Weaver wins again. Weaver expressed a desire to keep him around for a bit longer: “I told him a lot of players don’t get this opportunity to take the bull by the horn. He has that chance now to come in and really turn his career into a huge positive. He’s been teetering up and down in OKC, injuries here, the different construct of the team. Now he’s here with a young group. Hopefully we can get him, talk to him and continue him with the group.”
Diallo displayed more signs of potential when he increased his stats in the final stretch of Detroit’s games. Diallo went on to put up 18 points and 7.3 rebounds a game during the last 6 contests of the season while shooting 53.3% from the field. Considering his 35 point game on a surprise 4-6 from distance in that span, Diallo is expected to have an increased role next year.
Diallo’s deal means the Pistons roster has 16 guaranteed contracts now and will likely explore moving Jahlil Okafor, Josh Jackson or Sekou Doumbouya.