OKC trades Diallo to Pistons for Mykhailiuk
The Thunder has traded guard Hamidou Diallo to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2027 second-round pick. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the deal Friday night and it was made official Saturday afternoon after the Thunder's loss to the Knicks.
Diallo is having a career-best season — averaging 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game — but it’s now clear Diallo wasn’t part of the Thunder’s long-term rebuilding plan.
The 22-year-old guard is in the final year of his rookie contract, and the move signals that the Thunder wasn’t prepared to match whatever offer Diallo might receive as a restricted free agent in the offseason. Rather than taking the risk of letting Diallo walk for nothing, the Thunder has added yet another draft pick and a 3-point specialist in Mykhailiuk.
The second-round pick heading to the Thunder is via Houston.
For Detroit, it’s a low-cost move to acquire a young guard amid a breakout season. Diallo is shooting a career-high 48% from the floor and 51% from inside the arc. The former slam dunk champion is arguably one of the most athletic players in the NBA, but outside shooting is not his specialty. He’s a career 26% 3-point shooter.
In Oklahoma City, Diallo was behind Luguentz Dort on the depth chart. The Thunder has also been encouraged by the emergence of wing Kenrich Williams, who was competing with Diallo for backup minutes. Williams has two years left on a deal that will pay him $2 million per season. Both years are non-guaranteed.
The Diallo/Mykhailiuk swap of third-year players is interesting on multiple levels.
Both were the longest-tenured players on their respective teams, and they were taken two spots apart in the 2018 NBA Draft — Diallo 45th and Mykhailiuk 47th.
Both attended blue blood schools. Diallo played one year at Kentucky and Mykhailuk was a four-year player at Kansas.
Pistons general manager Troy Weaver was in the Thunder front office when OKC acquired Diallo on draft night, and now Weaver has acquired Diallo yet again — this time from his old boss, Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
Diallo played 129 career games for the Thunder with 13 starts, including five this season.
In Mykhailiuk, the Thunder is getting a career 37% 3-point shooter.
The 23-year-old from Ukraine was drafted by the Lakers and then traded to the Pistons midway through his rookie season. The Lakers gave up Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick for Reggie Bullock, who now plays for the Knicks.
Mykhailiuk averaged a career-high 9.0 points per game last season and shot 40% from 3-point range, but he’s averaging 6.9 points this season on 33% 3-point shooting. Mykhailiuk was averaging 18 minutes per game off the Pistons bench.
Like Diallo, Mykhailiuk is in the last year of his contract.