Mar 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT
The Charlotte Bobcats — the worst team in the NBA this season — do not want Boris Diaw on their team. That should tell you something. And he wants out of Charlotte.
Now they both get their wish. After a week or so of talking about it, Diaw and the Warriors have reached and agreement on a buyout, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
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.
Diaw needs to sign with another team by Friday to be eligible for a playoff roster.
There is talent there — Diaw is athletic and versatile, he can run the floor and create matchup problems. But he has driven Bobcats coach Paul Silas crazy — along with many coaches before him — as they try to find a way to get him focused every night. And in shape, as he came back from the lockout looking extra stout. Motivation and conditioning issues have haunted him everywhere. Silas left him to linger on the bench.
But talent gets another chance in the NBA all the time. And some team will pick him up for the rest of this season.
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