Diaw was traded to the Jazz in exchange for the rights to 2015 second-round pick Olivier Hanlan on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Diaw will head to Utah after spending the past four seasons in San Antonio. The move comes as a way for San Antonio to clear cap space in order to sign Pau Gasol, who agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract with the Spurs over the weekend. Diaw will add veteran presence to the Jazz's frontcourt as he will likely compete for minutes off the bench with the Trey Lyles and Jeff Withney.
The Spurs have no plans to waive Diaw, making his $7 million salary fully guaranteed for the 2016-17 season, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports. The team would save $4 million if they released Diaw before Thursday's deadline, but management determined that the veteran was valuable enough in his reserve role to justify keeping him around at that salary. Though he remains undecided on retirement, Tim Duncan recently agreed to exercise his $5.6 player option for 2016-17, so if he ends up returning, Diaw could see his role diminish next season, as the Spurs are expected to make a run at high-profile unrestricted free agent Pau Gasol.
Diaw scored two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and added an assist over eight minutes in Monday's 98-97 Game 2 loss to the Thunder. Coach Gregg Popovich didn't look to his bench much as the Spurs played their first truly competitive game of the postseason, as reserve big men Diaw, David West (11 minutes), and Boban Marjanovic (three minutes) all saw more limited roles than normal. If future games in the series remain this closely contested, Diaw may continue to struggle to see the court.
Diaw (groin) totaled four points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), seven assists, and two rebounds in 20 minutes during the Spurs' 96-91 win against the Mavericks on Wednesday. Diaw returned to the Spurs' lineup following a five-game absence, and he committed five turnovers and three fouls in his 20 minutes of action. Though he looked pretty good overall in the regular season finale, Diaw might continue to be eased back into a full load of playing time during the first round playoff series versus the injury-ravaged Grizzlies.
Diaw (groin) is expected to play 15-20 minutes in his return to action Wednesday, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports. The Spurs are resting a majority of their rotational players including Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge, and David West. Some expected Diaw to log even more minutes due to the thin frontcourt, but the Spurs will opt to ease him back into action.
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