Center DeSagana Diop signed a five-year, $32.4 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2008. After living out his contract with the Mavs and then the Charlotte Bobcats, it feels pretty safe to say that the performance that he delivered didn’t warrant that kind of money.
After playing 75 games between Charlotte and Dallas and that 2008-2009 NBA season, Diop never played more than 27 games in a season. In the last four years, his best season was in the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season when, in 27 games, he averaged only 1.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 12 minutes per game while shooting on 35.7 percent shooting.
Considering that his cap-hit for last season was over $7 million with the Bobcats, Charlotte was undoubtedly thankful to have the 12-year veteran off of their books. However, now Diop is signed to the veteran minimum with another team heading into training camp this year. Per the Akron Beacon-Journal, Diop will be attending training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Looking at Diop, there’s no question that he’s a big body, standing as a seven-footer and weighing near 300 pounds. However, there’s also no question that he hasn’t really had a productive career in this league. He can rebound and play defense decently, but is a liability offensively and that’s about it.
In terms of the Cavs, though, Diop is slightly interesting. With Andrew Bynum’s injury concerns still lingering and the potential risk of injury to the returning Anderson Varejao, Cleveland could be looking to stash a veteran center on the end of their bench. Though Diop isn’t going to have a major impact, a bit of injury insurance seems like a role that he could manage with this team. We’ll see if it comes to fruition after camp and the preseason.
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