Drafted in 43rd position by the Los Angeles Clippers, the 20-year-old French pivot Moussa Diabaté has signed a “two way” contract with the Californian franchise, which will allow him to go back and forth between the NBA and the G-League.
There will be two French people next season at the Los Angeles Clippers! While Nicolas Batum, well established in the Californian franchise, signed a new two-year contract a few weeks ago, it was Moussa Diabaté who officially signed up with the Clippers, but it is “only” of a “two-way” contract. The 20-year-old French pivot signed this contract on Friday which will allow him to go back and forth between the NBA and the G-League next season, with a limit of 50 games in the elite. The native of Paris had been drafted in 43rd position by the Californian franchise, and his contract was therefore not guaranteed. But he played in the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games before injuring his ankle. An injury that is not too serious and the Clippers have therefore decided to offer him this contract.
“His energy is contagious”
French international U16 and U18, Moussa Diabaté spent only one season in the NCAA, with the Michigan Wolverines, where he averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds in 32 games. He then decided to run for the Draft, and so the Clippers picked him. The Frenchman will probably play for the Ontorio Clippers, the Californian G-League team affiliated with the franchise, at first, and could have his chance alongside Paul George, John Wall or Kawhi Leonard if he shines at the level. inferior. ” Moussa is a young pivot with a high engine who runs a lot, crushes the circle and defends several positions. His energy is contagious. We’ve enjoyed getting to know him in the draft process and are excited to grow with him,” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said at the time of the draft. There is no doubt that with Nicolas Batum as a big brother, the young Frenchman has the means to shine in the big league…