Former Maryland center Diamond Stone sent to Hawks in three-team NBA trade

After spending his rookie year with the Los Angeles Clippers, Diamond Stone is on the move.

The former Maryland center is joining the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade, according to ESPN. The agreement will become official when the NBA's signing moratorium ends Thursday.


The Clippers receive forward Danilo Gallinari, the Denver Nuggets free agent who agreed to a sign-and-trade deal worth $65 million over three years.

Los Angeles is then sending guard Jamal Crawford, Stone, a 2018 first-round pick and cash to the Hawks, who will send a 2019 second-round selection to Denver.


Last year, Gallinari averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Meanwhile, Crawford, a 17-year veteran, had 12.6 points per game in a reserve role.

So, Stone, who averaged 3.4 minutes and 1.4 points in seven appearances last year, isn't necessarily the shiny jewel of the deal.

Perhaps the 2016 AP Big Ten Newcomer of the Year will improve as a second-year pro on a Hawks team that's trying to upgrade its frontcourt.

After all, Stone is used to offseason upheaval.

During his one season in College Park, he averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 35 games. The Wisconsin native had a breakout game early in Big Ten play with a Terps freshman-record 39 points against Penn State. But he struggled to consistently display the form that made him ESPN's No. 6 overall recruit in its top 100 for 2015.

After the Terps lost in the Sweet 16, Stone declared for the 2016 NBA draft, and the New Orleans Pelicans drafted him in the second round at No. 40 overall, before trading him that night to the Clippers.

Stone didn't receive much playing time in the Clippers' deep frontcourt behind stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but with the Hawks appearing to rebuild under new front office executives, Stone could find a role on his third team in three years.