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Report: Spurs frontrunners to land Diaw as free agent

Mar 21, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

The San Antonio Spurs locker room culture and Boris Diaw  — on the surface that seems like oil and water. But Gregg Popovich may get to see if he can mix the two for the rest of the season.

Diaw agreed to a buyout with Charlotte and now just has to clear waivers — which will happen, nobody is taking on that contract — then he will be a free agent.

The Spurs are the frontrunners to land him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. It seems an odd mix because they already have their front line rotation set — Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, DeJuan Blair and Tiago Splitter. Each of those guys fit what the Spurs do well, Diaw I’m not so sure. While you can argue Diaw is more talented than Bonner the fact is Bonner brings a reliable skills set — he can stretch the floor and drain the three — and he brings effort every night.

That has been the knock on Diaw from his days in in Phoenix — inconsistent effort and focus on both ends of the floor. Combine that with him showing up to camp heavy this year and he was in Bobcats’ coach Paul Silas’ doghouse from the beginning. In recent weeks has barely seen the floor.

Pull that stuff with Popovich and he won’t see the floor either. But maybe a different locker room changes him.

The Celtics are also rumored to be in the running (and they have rotation minutes to give him).

  1. spellingcopfather - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I been waiting to hear this news, hopefully he is in it,to win it!!!

  2. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    diaw will bring a lot to the table. 20 minutes a game and he’ll average 4 pts, 0 assists, 0 rebounds, and 5 turnovers.

    • saintlaron - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      0 assist? Ever seen him play?

  3. limonadamas - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    what the heck he doing in that pic? looks like he’s gonna go bowling or something.

    • unknowneric - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      He’s trying to Jedi mind trick the ball through the hoop.

  4. nashman1151 - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Please no.

  5. ragingmouse - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM


  6. readysethike - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Mr.Ainge give Mr.Diaw a call

  7. goforthanddie - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Going from Charlotte to SA would do wonders for anyone’s attitude.

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    It’s not as bad a mix as you might think, Mr. Helin. And there is minutes avalible. Bonner…please. Blair, he doesn’t get much burn as he should anyways. Duncan…he could use the rest for the playoffs. Diaw really should be used at his natural position as SF. Jeff’ is gone and they have former CLE castoff Danny Green playing big there. Leonard is good, real good, but doesn’t play heavy min. either. It CAN work,and leaving CHA would do wonders for anyones attitude and career. I think it’s a good fit. I see him getting 20 min., 8 pts., 5 reb. and 3 ast. on a nightly basis if he signs.

  9. badintentions11 - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    He used to be a SF…….Looks like he’s been eating biscuits or crepes…..he’s gotta be 260 easy. He can barely keep up with PF’s let alone SF’s. Horrible work ethic.

  10. 20dollardinners - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Make Tony Parker happy!

    It’s a low-risk, solid-upside decision.

    I like it.

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