HoopsHype Boris Diaw rumors

March 30, 2012 Updates
March 28, 2012 Updates

This is the tale of a basketball player, Boris Diaw, and his first love: photography. Diaw -- formerly of the Charlotte Bobcats, currently with the San Antonio Spurs -- discovered his talents for snapping shots on a 2003 trip to Senegal, when he was visiting his father. He bought a beginner camera and took pictures of family, friends and the country. His face still lights up when he tells of a trip a year later on his first African safari where his interest in photography blossomed. "I love animals and being able to take back the memories of being in the wild and seeing all this wildlife happening, not being in a zoo," he said. ESPN.com

A longtime admirer of National Geographic photographer Steve Winter's work, Diaw reached out to the man with an interest in shadowing him for an upcoming story. With a connection through the NBA, Winter last year invited Diaw for a week-long internship to India's Bandhavgarh National Park, a tiger reserve and wildlife sanctuary. "He told me right away: 'You should come. I'm leaving on Tuesday.' It was like Friday, something like that," Diaw recalled. "He's like, 'I'm leaving on Tuesday, going to India to finish a story on Indian tigers." ESPN.com

March 26, 2012 Updates
March 25, 2012 Updates

The Celtics showed interest in swingman Boris Diaw, who was waived by the Bobcats because coach Paul Silas was fed up with his lackadaisical play. Diaw was considered a budding star a few years ago but has played the past few years about 20 pounds above his previous weight. The Bobcats will have plenty of cap space if they decide to amnesty DeSagana Diop, who has a player option for $7.3 million next season. Boston Globe

March 24, 2012 Updates
March 23, 2012 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they signed forward Boris Diaw. Per club policy details of the contract were not released. The 6-8, 235-pound Diaw started the season with the Charlotte Bobcats before being placed on waivers on March 21. In 37 games with the Bobcats, Diaw averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 27.5 minutes. He scored in double figures in 11 games, including a season-high 27 points at New York on Jan. 4. Diaw came with two assists of his seventh career triple-double posting 16 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists vs. Miami on Dec. 28. NBA.com

March 22, 2012 Updates

For clarification, Boris Diaw won't become a free agent until he clears waivers, which won't be until Friday. A team can pick him up between now and then, and assume the remaining amount of his contract. That's unlikely to happen, though. Once he clears waivers, the #Celtics would be among the teams interested. But as has been reported elsewhere, it looks like he'll sign with the #Spurs upon clearing waivers. Sulia

March 21, 2012 Updates

Diaw agreed to a buyout with the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, and needs to go unclaimed by NBA teams to become a free agent. The deadline for signing free agents to be eligible for the playoffs is Friday, which is when Diaw is expected to pass through waivers. The Spurs are still waiting on work visa issues to sign Australian point guard Patty Mills to a contract. Yahoo! Sports

Power forward Boris Diaw and the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed on a buyout of his remaining contract that should be completed in time for Diaw to be eligible for another team’s playoff roster. Bobcats vice president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed that early Wednesday morning to the Observer. The buyout, which should be completed sometime today, would make Diaw a free agent in time to sign with a contender. Meanwhile the Bobcats open one of 15 roster spots and save some of what’s left of Diaw’s $9 million salary. It’s not known just how much money Diaw agreed to give up for his freedom. Charlotte Observer

Diaw played only twice in his last eight games with the Bobcats and has had a strained relationship with coach Paul Silas, who was quite critical of his effort. Silas described his frustration with Diaw on March 7 before a home loss to the Utah Jazz. “I like a player who is really committed to not only the team but to himself and then doing the best he can as a player,’’ Silas said. “Some of the things that would go on, like not shooting the ball, passing all of the time’’ were unacceptable. “I needed hoops and he could put the ball in the hoop. When that wouldn’t happen it was very disturbing. I think if he had played all out, the way he should have, it would have been a much, much better club.” Charlotte Observer

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