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BREAKING: Suns to sign Keita Bates-Diop

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The Suns have agreed to a deal to sign former San Antonio Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop to a two-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The reported terms of the deal are that Bates-Diop will be getting $5 million over the two years, according to Spotrac.

Bates-Diop had been linked to the Suns for the past week. The 27-year-old stands at 6-foot-8, 229 pounds and proved last season he could be a reliable 3-and-D player.

After shooting 30.9% from three in 2021-22, he increased his percentage to 39.4% this past season. In 67 games (42 starts), he averaged 9.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.5 APG and 0.7 SPG last season, all of which were career-highs except rebounds. His shooting splits were 51/39/79.

Bates-Diop was drafted with the 48th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Ohio State. He played his first two years with the Timberwolves, one season with the Nuggets and the last three with the Spurs.

He will have a chance to either be a reliable bench player or work his way up to being the fifth starter for the Suns, which will depend on how well he plays defense and spaces the floor.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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