Phoenix Suns sign forward Cheick Diallo to 2-year deal

Jul 23, 2019, 1:32 PM | Updated: 1:36 pm

Cheick Diallo #13 of the New Orleans Pelicans  grabs a rebound against the Indiana Pacers at Banker...

Cheick Diallo #13 of the New Orleans Pelicans grabs a rebound against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns have added some depth to their big man rotation, officially inking power forward Cheick Diallo to a two-year deal on Tuesday.

The addition gives the Suns the NBA maximum of 15 players on their roster

Diallo, 22, averaged 6.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Pelicans last year.

The 6-foot-9 big was one of the better NBA prospects coming into his freshman year at Kansas in 2015, known for his length, explosiveness and shot-blocking ability. Ineligibility issues, though, and a late entrance into the Jayhawks’ rotation had him play only 7.5 minutes a game.

That significantly hurt his draft stock, but despite that, Diallo declared and fell to the early second round at No. 33 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans.

In three seasons, Diallo was unable to break through and earn the trust of Pelicans coaches, playing 12.6 minutes per game in his career. He has been productive in limited stints, though, averaging 15.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes.

Diallo fills a glaring need for athleticism on the Suns’ frontcourt rotation outside of Deandre Ayton, where Aron Baynes, Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric also reside.

Phoenix Suns

Kevin Durant and Anthony Edwards...

Arizona Sports

Schedule as we know it: Suns face Timberwolves in 1st round starting Saturday

The No. 6 seed Phoenix Suns will travel to meet the No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

5 hours ago

Grayson Allen of the Phoenix Suns...

Kevin Zimmerman

Grayson Allen agrees to sign 4-year contract extension with Suns

Grayson Allen and the Suns agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract extension Monday after the guard's first regular season in Phoenix.

6 hours ago

Kevin Young, Houston Rockets...

Damon Allred

Suns’ Kevin Young reportedly a finalist for Brooklyn Nets head coaching job

Phoenix Suns associate head coach Kevin Young is one of three finalists for the Nets' head coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania. 

20 hours ago

Bradley Beal's teammates celebrated with him during a postgame interview after Sunday's win. (AZ Fa...

Damon Allred

Suns’ Bradley Beal barked at, gets water poured on after huge performance in win over Wolves

Bradley Beal was the man of the hour on Sunday after leading the Suns to a massive 125-106 win over the Timberwolves at Target Center.

22 hours ago

Bradley Beal #3 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates his basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the...

Kellan Olson

It’s time: Suns locate spark, Bradley Beal lifts team to playoffs vs. Timberwolves

Whether it is due to a favorable matchup, a shock to the system via Bradley Beal, or a little bit of both, the Suns found what they needed.

22 hours ago

Head coach Frank Vogel of the Phoenix Suns address his team during game against the San Antonio Spu...

Arizona Sports

NBA playoff standings: Suns clinch playoff berth on last day

The Phoenix Suns on the last day of the regular season have moved into playoff positioning and have avoided the play-in tournament.

23 hours ago

Phoenix Suns sign forward Cheick Diallo to 2-year deal