Spurs sign Boris Diaw after Bobcats buyout
Boris Diaw has signed with the San Antonio Spurs after getting bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats.
|Boris Diaw will join the Spurs. (Getty Images)|
Diaw, 29, was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats this week and has landed with the Spurs, according to Yahoo Sports.
Free agent Boris Diaw has reached agreement on a deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.The San Antonio Express-News has confirmed the report and, later Friday, the Spurs formally announced the signing.
Diaw agreed to a buyout with the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, and cleared waivers Friday afternoon. The Spurs will sign Diaw for the remainder of the season.
Diaw was completely pointless on the Bobcats, who are in a full-scale rebuild. They simply had no use for a veteran, multi-talented big man with questions about his conditioning and a big-dollar contract. If he played well, he would potentially screw up the tanking. If he played poorly, he was taking minutes away from younger guys that might actually have a future with the team. It was a lose-lose proposition.
The Spurs, though, are No. 2 overall in the Western Conference with a record of 30-14, good for a five game lead in the Southwest Division. It goes without saying that they could use an extra big body down the playoff stretch, and the roster currently stands at 13 players.
Diaw will join French countryman Tony Parker and help fill out a frontcourt rotation that includes Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair, Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter.
Diaw averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 27.5 minutes in 37 appearances for the Bobcats this season. He boasts careeer averages of 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists during a nine year NBA career that includes stops with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Bobcats.
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