The injury occurred early in the fourth quarter of the Pistons’ home game against the Chicago Bulls on March 9. Diallo missed the next seven games, and will now miss the remaining nine.
It’s an unfortunate end to Diallo’s fourth NBA season. He was in the midst of a strong year, averaging 11 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals on a career-high 49.6% shooting. Diallo, 23, started 29 of his 58 games played, and found his niche has a spark plug and slasher. He signed a two-year, $10.4 million contract last offseason. The Pistons have a team option for next season on Diallo at $5.2 million.
“He’s playing at an All-Star level right now,” Saddiq Bey said in January of Diallo after a productive stretch of basketball that saw Diallo score 93 points over a three-game stretch. “He’s very confident and no matter what happens, make or miss, he’s going to stay aggressive. We need that for sure.”
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