Knicks Sign Diakite and Goodwin, Waive Nathan Knight

The New York Knicks have officially signed center/forward Mamadi Diakite and guard Brandon Goodwin to Exhibit 10 contracts, while simultaneously releasing Nathan Knight from their roster.

Mamadi Diakite, aged 26 and standing at 6’9″ and weighing 229 pounds, spent the previous season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 22 games, including two starts.

Over his career spanning from 2020 to 2023, he holds average statistics of 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game across 49 games with the Cavaliers, Oklahoma City, and Milwaukee.

Diakite, originally from Conakry, Guinea, completed four years of collegiate basketball at the University of Virginia from 2016 to 2020.

Notably, he contributed to the Cavaliers’ National Championship victory during his junior season (2018-19) and earned accolades in his senior season, such as being named to the 2019-20 ACC All-Defense and 2019-20 All-ACC Second Team, with averages of 13.7 points and 6.8 rebounds over 32.8 minutes in 30 games, all of which he started.

Brandon Goodwin, 28 years old and standing at 6’0″ and weighing 180 pounds, played with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2021-22 season.

He posted averages of 4.8 points, 2.5 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 36 games, including five starts.

Throughout his career from 2018 to 2022, he maintained average statistics of 4.7 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.6 rebounds over 12.1 minutes in 133 career games with the Cavaliers, Atlanta, and Denver.

Goodwin’s collegiate journey took him through the University of Central Florida from 2013 to 2015 and Florida Gulf Coast from 2016 to 2018.

His standout performance in his senior season at Florida Gulf Coast led to him being named the 2017-18 A-Sun Player of the Year, with impressive averages of 18.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in 34 games, all of which he started.

Nathan Knight, who was on a two-way contract, has been waived by the Knicks per Fred Katz of The Athletic. As a result, the team now has two open two-way contract slots.

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