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Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 2:26 pm  |  40 responses

San Antonio Spurs Sign Boris Diaw


Two days after agreeing to a buyout with the Charlotte Bobcats, free agent forward Boris Diaw has signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Yahoo! Sports has the details: “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. The deadline for signing free agents to be eligible for the playoffs is Friday. Diaw, 29, is a versatile, passing forward who fell out of favor with Bobcats coach Paul Silas this season. For his nine-year career, Diaw has averaged 9.4 points, and remained one of the league’s better passing forwards. Despite starting 28 games for Charlotte, Silas was frustrated with Diaw’s unwillingness to be more aggressive in scoring. Diaw’s fitness issues have dogged him throughout his career, but he’s still shown an ability to be a productive offensive player.”

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  • -Mas-

    hahahaha. Maybe he can get on the Tim Duncan diet? Pops will make him run his boobs off.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Don’t care what anyone says about buffet lines and donut competitions. Blah blah blah. This dude is a rarity that can help a team if implemented correctly into the rotation. Nice pick up.

  • T-Money

    he will do well is san antonio. i don’t know how paul silas can get mad at boris diaw for not looking to score every trip down the floor – had he never seen him play before this year? diaw will be more than happy to dish it out all over the court in san an.

  • patrick

    BUll shoulda grabbed this guy..they need him to beat Miami..bulls aren’t any better than last year..Bulls have the worst GM in the possibly..

  • Paul H

    A run at the finals just became a bigger possibility.

  • the don

    damn the spurs are packed… first cptn jack and now boris… if they can stay healthy then they’re going to be hard to beat…. watch out OKC!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Paul, was that a fat joke? If so… Nice. haha

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Wow, looks like the Spurs are trying to grab 1 more ring for Timmy…nice pickup. Pop should whip Boris into shape. His talent is undeniable, he just needs someone pushing him in the right way.

  • Paul H

    Couldn’t help it. A healthy spurs could make a real run tho….

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    Diaw is gonna play outta his mind, the Spurs are stacked. Dude didn’t won’t to play for the Bobcats, and now he’s playing with is homeboy TP if he can drop a lil weight Spurs winning the whole thing.

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    The Spurs are about to have 2 chips in 2 lockout seasons.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    his skills are so unique that not many teams can fit him into their scheme. he’s in good hands with Pop though.
    tangent: for everyone who says a coach can only have 1 system, Pop is the best proof that’s a false theory. The spurs used to be a slug-it-out defensive juggernaut, now they are an up-tempo offensive monster. he’s the best coach in the league right now. bar none.

  • Justin G.

    cosign albie on Pop. He’s being slept on as coach of the year in my opinion, with a lot of the hype going to Thibs and Doug Collins.

  • Paul H

    Co-sign Albie. I think Pop Is one of those sports coaches who has been so good for SO long that It kind of seems less impressive. I love how pragmatic he Is with his decision making. The Spurs front office Is ALWAYS on point as well. Other teams should study their trade decisions and draft picks. Not all winners but probably a higher % than almost any other team In the league.

  • Paul H

    Just checked the stats there now, SA are 3rd In offensive efficiency and a mere 16th In D. And It’s still the same players at the core of both systems (albeit with a on-way-out Duncan and a borderline top 5 MVP Parker more or less switching roles)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If Pop can get Diaw motivated, and can get him to get back in NBA shape then he is a huge pickup for the team. But I wouldn’t count on it.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Spurs: Smart basketball from A-Z

  • Justin G.

    @Paul H…Borderline top 5 MVP? Who’s ahead of Parker after Lebron and Durant? I’d go with Parker then maybe Kobe and Dwight?

  • Yann Blavec

    @ Justin, TP doesn’t care about the season mvp…

  • Paul H

    I’d say five Is probably about right. Although his numbers are VERY similar to Chris Pauls, and Paul was a consensus top 3 untill his team went In the toilet. I mean Parker has been CARRYING that team to the fourth best record In the league sans Ginobli…..maybe It’s just harder to imagine TP being an MVP?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Pop is always a COTY candidate…best in the buisness. I’ve personally always like him more than Phil Jackson too.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    TP is quietly having an incredible year. Dude is very underrated.

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Damn, 29? I forgot he was so young. Looking at his physique lately I was convinced he was like 36 or something.

  • tavoris

    GOOD NEWS: if he doesn’t play well, then he won’t play. Pop doesn’t play with laziness. BETTER NEWS: if he does play well, then the Spurs just filled a lot of rotational holes with one guy. He could make TP and Manu’s job VERY VERY easy if he’s engaged.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Come playoffs Boris will be a nightly treb-doub threat (the 12pts-10reb-11assists type treb-doub’s), count on it. Pop does that to people, playing with buddy Longoria only helps further.

  • http://slamonline slams chuck barkley

    Wow. Pop, tim, tony, and stackjack are going to keep whyalways boris in line. I’m liking what rc and pop have done. Green, leonard, and jack on tjhe wing is sick. Tony, neal, mills is excellent. Tim, blair, tiago, bonner and whyalways boris, just wow. Talented and fits together. I’m very excited for the spurs

  • http://moontain.org Fredd.

    This Is freaking cool for bobo

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    people who hate on spurs think they are slow and boring, which i think people on these boards can attest that’s completely bogus. manu and TP have always produced exciting highlights with their quick change of pace, great ball handling, and amazing finishes in the lane. on top of that, the team execute offensive and defensive schemes to perfection, which as true hoophead, you have to enjoy them.
    now that they are an up-tempo team, there’s absolutely no reason for anyone to think they are boring.

  • Mike Mihalow

    ^Agree

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I ussually don’t think good fundamentally sound basketball is boring and therefore I have never found the Spurs boring. The way they play and maintain thier excelence year after year is a thing of beauty. I’m not even a Spurs fan and I appreciate that.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    Good pickup, Might have to buy another spurs championship shirt after this season for my collection. Pop is great at getting the most out of players and Diaw is a unique talent that should compliment the Spurs well.

  • Heals

    @albie1 yup, yup. I have no patience for folks who pull the “SAS’s are boring” card. I got so pissed during an NBAToday pod 2 or 3 Fridays ago cause some d-bag was going on about their style of play, etc and how “he” found it unappealing. As unappealing as 4 chips right? It’s cool though cause I’ve benefited from missing out on many a stupid hoops conversation in which I’d have to defend them…

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @Heals: which episode are you talking about? i also listen to the podcasts all the time. I like Ryen because i think he’s informative and is quite good at breaking down games logically. I also like Yam and Legs because of all the inside stories, and their fairly accurate assessments of player personnel and team situations. i usually end up skipping the Friday podcasts from abbott because i think he talks about the most irrelevant crap and is almost never insightful. the only recent one that’s worth listening to was the one with david thorpe, and it’s solely because thorpe is a basketball mind worth listening to.

  • Heals

    ^^^Exactly, we’re in unison on our opinions of the hosts. RoyceWebb from 3/8. It’s funny he starts off with a compliment or 2 then goes on about their lack of appeal nationally and what not. I was trying to listen during a workout and had to stop listening cause I looked crazy to everyone else as I was arguing to myself in disagreement…

  • Jerome

    Boris is not a hard-nosed player, but Pop may turn him into one. If that happens COTY Fo sho.

  • hushabomb

    He gets the ball in the high post and good things can happen. Imagine if the passes go to Jax, Bonner on the 3PT line and if passes go to the cutting Leonard and Splitter. Diaw should be fine. Though I’m surprised he didn’t resign in PHX. He had a great few years there!!!!

  • Justin G.

    @Yann…I never said he cared about winning the MVP. I was responding to someone else about where he should land in the voting. I think people mean “boring” in that there’s nothing flashy in what they do. They didn’t have an explosive finisher, or that one on one guy that can put on incredible moves and hit ridiculous shots (I know people are going to say Ginobli but I meant in the Kobe, DWade, McGrady, Carter fashion). Basketball purists naturally love the Spurs, as they should, but it isn’t easy to see why people think they have no appeal nationally. They’re in a small market and there aren’t really any “loud” personalities or flashy players. When has anyone watched Sportscenter hoping to see Spurs highlights vs. Heat or Clippers highlights? It’s not an insult, it’s just who they are

  • tavoris

    the spurs might have the most versatile team in the L outside of the Heat and the Sixers. All of their rotation guys (other than Parker) play at 2 positions, and a few of them play 3.

  • Paul H

    I’m pretty sure Tp could play the two as well

  • tavoris

    Paul – he can probably play the 2, but he doesn’t. The Spurs haven’t really had a backup PG since 06-07. It’s always been Manu’s job to run the offense when Parker isn’t in the game.

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