Thunder Waive Charlie Brown Jr., claims Mamadi Diakite
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Sunday night that they had given up on Charlie Brown Jr. and subsequently signed Mamadi Diakite.
OKC claimed Diakite on waivers from the Milwaukee Bucks. The 24-year-old forward has averaged 3.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 14 NBA competitions. He signed a bilateral deal with the Bucks, which was later converted to a standard multi-year contract.
He played 87% of his center minutes while standing at 6-foot-9.
Diakite has also played 12 games for the Lakeland Magic, averaging 18.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
Diakité played four seasons at Virginia, averaging 13.7 points while shooting 50% from the field in his final season. He won the 2019-20 All-ACC and the ACC All-Defense, and won a championship with current Thunder goalie Ty Jerome.
Dikaite is from Conakry, Guinea.
Brown Jr. was with Oklahoma City for a short time starting last season. He has played nine pro games for the Thunder, averaging 4.4 points on 30% shots.
Brown Jr. only shot 23% from the 3-point line in his season with OKC.
Prior to his move to Oklahoma City, Brown Jr. played 12 games for the Iowa Wolves in the G-League, averaging 12.5 points on 35% of shots from a 3-point field.
Oklahoma City kicks off the preseason on October 4 with a 7 p.m. clash against the Hornets
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