Daryl Morey and the Sixers front office continue to build out the team’s 20-man offseason roster, today signing former Cal State Northridge forward Lamine Diane to an Exhibit 10 contract:
Cal State Northridge’s Lamine Diane has agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with the Sixers, per SNY sources.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 30, 2020
As a refresher, Exhibit 10 contracts are one-year minimum, often non-guaranteed deals. Teams can convert the contract to a two-way deal prior to the start of the regular season. The player receives a bonus of anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 if he is waived by the team and signs with the club’s G League affiliate, remaining with that G League club for at least 60 days. That bonus becomes guaranteed money if the contract is converted to a two-way, but it does not count towards the team’s salary cap under any scenario.
Given the Exhibit 10 designation, Diane seems likely to head to Delaware to play for the Blue Coats. The 6-foot-7 forward played two seasons at Cal State Northridge, averaging 25.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks. He even shot the ball from the outside a little bit, making 29.1 percent of his 1.5 3-point attempts per game. Diane only played 19 games last season after being ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester, but that didn’t stop him from earning his second consecutive Big West Player of the Year award.
While the Big West isn’t exactly a Power Conference, those are some gargantuan numbers put up by Diane. After redshirting for a year and playing two collegiate seasons, Diane is a little older than other prospects at 23 years of age, but it makes all the sense in the world for the Sixers to see how well his game will translate against a higher level of competition. This signing seems like a no-risk move with potentially some high upside for Philadelphia.