OKC Thunder Sign Forward To 10-Day Contract

The Oklahoma City Thunder weren't expected to be very competitive this year, and they haven't been, posting the second-worst record in the conference at 14-30 and with the youngest roster in the league, the Thunder are clearly rebuilding at the moment.  With the Thunder expected to maintain status-quo heading into the trade deadline on February 10th, they aren't remaining completely silent when it comes to making roster moves.  

The Thunder announced on Friday that they will be resigning forward Mamadi Diakite to a second 10-day contract after his contract expired overnight:

Diakite initially signed a 10-day contract under the hardship exception when Kenrich Williams was unavailable due to COVID.  It has not been reported that the same hardship exception was granted this time, and this is thought to be a standard 10-day contract.

The 6'9" 25-year-old celebrates his birthday in style today (January 21st) with the announcement that he will be sticking with the team for at least another 10 games - a promising sign for the young forward.  Diakite averaged just 3.5 points per game but only played just over 11 minutes per contest, so perhaps with a bigger role, he could become a regular contributor.

The Oklahoma City Thunder's next game is tonight when they visit the Charlotte Hornets, and Diakite is expected to be in the lineup.

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