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AP source: Pelicans, 2nd-rounder Cheick Diallo agree on 3-year deal

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New Orleans Pelicans’ Cheick Diallo guards Utah Jazz’s Tyrone Wallace, right, during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and second-round draft choice Cheick Diallo have agreed to a three-year contract at the NBA minimum, with a team option in the third season.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced.

If Diallo plays through the end of the contract, it could be worth about $2.5 million.

The Pelicans traded up in the second round of last month’s draft, sending the 39th and 40th overall picks to the Los Angeles Clippers, to select the 6-foot-9 Diallo out of Kansas at 33rd overall.

Diallo recently played for the Pelicans’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, averaging 10.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in five games.