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Report: Diaw asks for buyout from Bobcats

Mar 6, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

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UPDATE 4:08 EST: According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Diaw and his agent have asked Bobcats GM Rod Higgins about a buyout:

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Observer Tuesday that he met with Diaw before the All-Star break about Diaw’s role and his expiring contract. Higgins said he has since had discussions with Diaw’s agent, Doug Neustadt.

“Boris and I had a meeting prior to the All-Star break, maybe Wednesday before. We talked about quite a few things,” Higgins said. “The issue with the buyout, it was raised on their side, from Doug. We haven’t gone down that road any further.”

This report comes from the French newspaper L’Equippe and website catch-and-shoot.com, and was helpfully translated for us by Ball in Europe:

The headline pretty much says it all, with France-based L’Equipe and Catch & Shoot today pretty much assuring that Team France captain Boris Diaw will make like the rat and leave the sinking ship known as the Charlotte Bobcats (4-31) within days.

Such a release from the ‘Cats would come six months before his contract with the team expires, yet Catch & Shoot reports that “The franchise would indeed be ready to release Diaw … if an agreement is reached between both parties.” Said Diaw to L’Equipe, “J’ai un choix à faire” (“I have a choice to make.”)

This would be a buyout where Diaw would take a little less money to go, but likely would get offers from other teams. Not for a lot of money, but it might be worth it to get off the Bobcats.

Diaw is a gifted and versatile player who could help a few non-horrible teams if they were willing to take a risk on him, but Diaw’s has been inconsistent ever since his breakout season in Phoenix, thanks in no small part to his issues with motivation and conditioning.

This season, Diaw has struggled as a member of the 4-31 Bobcats, and is averaging 7.7 points and 4.4 assists per game this season on 41.4%/27.1%/63.0%.

  1. edmazeing1 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    He is good friends with Tony Parker, Just Sayin!!!

  2. eureca323 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Its not talked about enough how horrible an owner Jordan is. He has no business owning a NBA team when he can’t afford it. MJ took over a team right before the playoffs started and the Bobcats made their first and only playoff appearance. Since then he has given away all the teams core assets to save money. Its just funny that even now with Diaw being a expiring contract and the Bobcats not only far under the luxury but they are even slightly under the cap they are still looking to save money on a expiring contract. Im just saying hes clearly bleeding money and he should have never owned the team.

  3. sellahh - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Who’s that Report guy you’re talking about? Never heard of him.

  4. denisceo - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

     Team France captain Boris Diaw will make like the rat and leave the sinking ship known as the Charlotte Bobcats (4-31) within days.

    Make like the rat and leave

    Gotta love it

  5. teehov843 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    What the hell is Diaw doing in that picture? LOL!!

  6. ranoversquarells - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Boston?

  7. adnan604 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    what the heck is he doing in that picture ? a flatfooted non jumping layup ?

  8. AlohaMrHand - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Michael Jordan…as great a player as he was he is the worst GM/owner in the NBA.Talk about extreme opposites.

  9. reupjosh - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    4-31? Didn’t two of those wins come against the Knicks?

  10. losangelasbasketball - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Lol@picture

  11. davidtmp - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    This dude is fat and lazy. Most people play their best during their contract years to get that big next payday, THEN go back to their lazy ways. He must have missed that memo. Probably no connection between him not playing last night and the Bobcats winning last night? Goodbye smuck.

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