HoopsHype Boris Diaw rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates

LeBron James gets all the attention, but the San Antonio Spurs are quietly and effectively rebuilding the team that just clobbered James to win the NBA Championship, 1200 WOAI news reports. The Spurs today announced that Boris Diaw, who was a key player in the Spurs Drive for Five, has been resigned to a new contract. As is usual for the Spurs, the terms of Diaw's agreement were not announced. WOAI.com

July 6, 2014 Updates

Boris Diaw's agent Doug Neustadt tells Max Sports there were three other NBA teams trying to pry Boris away from the Spurs, but in the end, Boris decided to re-sign with the Spurs. Yahoo says the deal is for 3 years. Neustadt has other insights into Boris re-upping with the champs, as you'll hear in this exclusive Max Sports interview. FoxSanAntonio.com

The third year of Diaw's deal is partially guaranteed, sources said. Diaw is guaranteed $18.5 million over the first two years of the deal, sources said. Spurs general manager R.C. Buford and Diaw's agent Doug Neustadt completed the deal Sunday, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

The consensus across the league is that Diaw will be back with the Spurs, who value his versatility and playmaking. In his exit interview a few days after the NBA Finals, Diaw expressed a preference to return to play for Popovich, a coach who has come to accept his idiosyncrasies, and alongside his childhood friend, Tony Parker. San Antonio Express-News

Here, Diaw’s ill-fated tenure in Charlotte still looms large. In March of 2012, Diaw more or less forced his way off a bad Bobcats team — via contract buyout — amid a philosophical clash with coach Paul Silas. Diaw signed a few days later to play for the Spurs. Because of that episode, one league executive surmises, any other team that pursues Diaw this month will do so exercising utmost caution. Any big-money offer will come with a “buyer beware” attached. “People are nervous about Diaw,” the exec said. San Antonio Express-News

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San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw, who dazzled NBA audiences with his slick passing and nimble footwork in the Finals, pulled a smooth move on a bachelorette party in Texas recently. According to a reddit user who was friends with the bachelorette crew, Diaw was swimming in a lake in Austin when the girls sought him out following this tweet. Boston Globe

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But Diaw’s dream was dashed in Atlanta, where Woodson employed heavy isolation sets and the ball stagnated. It’s a great system when you have a transcendent scorer and leader to whom teammates will defer. It’s not so pretty when Al Harrington or Antoine Walker are jacking up jumpers to their hearts’ content. Diaw’s game suffered. Parker called almost every day to console his friend. “He went to Atlanta and it was not a good fit for him, because they don’t play as a team, and he’s a team player,” Parker said. “For you to see Boris at a high level and to appreciate his game, he needs to play with unselfish guys. So it was very hard for him in the beginning. I just told him to stay positive, and hopefully something good will happen.” Grantland

Silas was a popular figure, having already coached the franchise from 1998 to 2003. As a player, he’d won two championships in Boston and one in Seattle. “We initially had a good relationship,” Silas said of Diaw. “When I got the job, I talked to him about where he came from and what he wanted to do. I asked him did he want to be an All-Star and he said, ‘Not really.’ It didn’t upset me, but I wondered why he would say that.” Grantland

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