The mystery over the final roster spot is finally settled, with a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Milwaukee Bucks are signing Mamadi Diakite to a multi-year contract.
The undrafted player out of University of Virginia flashed plenty of ability in the G-league and has looked promising with his fluidity, solid shot mechanics and verticality as a defender. If nothing else, he gives the Bucks another young player (and more importantly cheap contract) with some upside that could help lessen the financial sting of years to come when Giannis, Khris and Jrue are all making max money.
It’s a nice reward for Diakite after working his way up from the two-way, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his additions to the Bucks Twitter feed with his friendship with Brook Lopez.
To take his two-way place, Milwaukee signed Justin Jackson, a fourth year player who has bounced around the league since being drafted by the Sacramento Kings. Most recently, he averaged 7.2 points per game in 33 appearances for the Oklahoma City Thunder before being waived earlier this month. The Bucks roster is now full as they prepare for the Playoffs in May.
Both signings seem low risk, with some possible upside for Diakite, and another mildly capable NBA body in Jackson.