Finding an upgrade isn’t easy. That’s why Diaw could be invaluable against Golden State a year from now, too. But Diaw is now 34 years old, and his contract has a clause that could help the Spurs change this summer. While Diaw is scheduled to earn $7 million next year, the Spurs will owe him only $3 million if they release him by June 30.
The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed with coach Terry Stotts on a contract extension that sources close to the negotiations say runs through 2020 with an average salary of $5 million. The extension will run three additional seasons past Stotts’ current deal, which expires after 2016-17. The Trail Blazers held a team option on Stotts’ services for next season.
But next season, the bargain ends for the Heat with Whiteside should he return. That’s when he will move into Bosh’s $20 million-plus stratosphere. And that’s when Bosh’s $23.7 million salary will basically leave the Heat playing with 75 percent of the salary cap of the rest of the NBA. By rule, the Heat cannot excise Bosh’s salary from their cap and tax until Feb. 9, 2017, the one-year anniversary of his last game. (Bosh is guaranteed all of his remaining salary through 2018-19 regardless of whether he returns or not.)