The San Antonio Spurs have traded Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the rights to guard Olivier Hanlan, who was selected No. 42 in the 2015 NBA Draft, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. This is essentially a salary dump, so the Spurs will have enough cap room to sign free agent big man Pau Gasol to a reported two-year, $30 million deal.
Diaw, 34, is a great addition to a Jazz team that is clearly serious about making the playoffs this coming season. Utah had enough talent to get to the postseason last year, but just barely missed out because of major injuries and, to some extent, youth. With George Hill, Joe Johnson and now Diaw joining the team, the Jazz have added a great deal of experience and versatility this offseason. They're capable of winning more than 50 games.
The interesting thing here will be how many minutes Diaw winds up playing. Trey Lyles will be going into his second season, and Utah hopes that he'll develop into a Diaw-ish player down the road. Lyles and Trevor Booker, who will reportedly sign with the Brooklyn Nets when the free agency moratorium is over, battled for minutes at the backup power forward spot last year.
Perhaps the best thing Diaw has going for him is his versatility. Back in January, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich elected to start him instead of Tim Duncan against the Golden State Warriors because he could more easily switch on smaller defenders. The Jazz will be able to get away with playing him at backup center if they want to, and he will fit into their offense seamlessly as a passer and screen setter.
The Spurs will miss Diaw, especially on the defensive end, but they had zeroed in on Gasol in free agency for some time. His departure opens up minutes for Kyle Anderson, another forward who grew up playing point guard.