Cavs sign Diakite to two-way contract

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Mamadi Diakite to a two-way contract, the team announced Monday.

The Cavaliers waived Diakite on Saturday, and now he’s back with the team.

The 25-year-old Diakite, who signed a training camp deal with Cleveland, appeared in all four preseason games for the Cavaliers, averaging 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.25 steals, and 1.25 blocks in 16.8 minutes.

He took advantage of his opportunity with Cleveland in the preseason. On Oct. 12 against Atlanta, he posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double in the Cavs preseason win over the Hawks. 

Last season, Diakite appeared in 13 games (three starts) with the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 4.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 14.5 minutes.

Diakite signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks before the 2020-21 season and later signed a multi-year deal with the team. In his rookie season, Diakite was part of the Bucks NBA Championship team, appearing in 14 regular season games (one start) and seven playoff games. T

The Guinea native also saw action in 12 G League games (three starts) that season as a member of the Lakeland Magic, where he recorded averages of 18.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.08 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game, winning a G League Championship with Lakeland. 

The third-year forward went undrafted in 2020 after a four-year collegiate career at the University of Virginia (2016-2020), where he was part of the Cavaliers National Championship team in 2019.  

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