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Spurs want to keep Boris Diaw, but at what price?

Jun 10, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

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What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Boris Diaw went from being the guy who won the “Shawn Kemp Award for most weight gained during the lockout” to a guy waived by the woeful Charlotte Bobcats to a guy who put up quality numbers for the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs. Diaw had a 16-point game against the Clippers it the second round.

It’s a testament to the power of organization, to understanding what a player can do and not do then putting him in position to play to those strengths and succeed.

After a good end of the season, the Spurs would love to have Diaw back next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The question is price.

Had the Spurs advanced to the Finals, then maybe another team would have wanted to steal a healthy 30-year-old with his kind of versatility. Anything beyond the mid-level exception will be out of reach of the Spurs… Were other teams still thinking he was worth, say, a $35 million deal? What happened in Charlotte will leave doubt, too.

Five years, $35 million is the full mid-level exception, but Who would give the full mid-level to Diaw? Unless you think you can use him as the Spurs did, it’s not worth it, and even then you’d wonder. I’d expect he will get more like half the mid-level (three years, $10 million?), but the way teams overpay bigs it will be interesting to watch.

  1. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    boris diaw is extremely versatile in that he does so very little of everything. that guy deserves a big-time contract about as much as i deserve my own medical practice with just my bachelor’s degree–the same goes for him deserving a championship with a quality team like the spurs. they deserve it; he does not.

    he does however deserve to continue riding around at 6 mph on his segway everywhere.

  2. abchome - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    He’s big laterally, but not that big vertically, at only 6’8″.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    3 years/10 mill seems fair and reasonable. If I were SA I would only sign him for two though. 2/8

  4. stoudemelo - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    They should put priority on Diaw before Danny Green. He was horrible in the playoffs

  5. cantonbound13 - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Not bad for a guy that almost ate his way out of the league. Take note Eddie Curry.

  6. dacapt704 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    He deserves nothing! Boris Diaw is exactly whats wrong with the NBA today…players can whine and pout their way out of a bad situation and now he almost got a chance to play for a title. Sure Charlotte was a bad team but ur a PROFESSIONAL who gets paid MILLIONS (highest paid on the Bobcats) to strap it up for 48 mins a night. He QUIT on the team and was very disruptive behind the scenes…he could have been a great example for the young players on the team but he acted like a pu ss and QUIT!

    The fans here in Charlotte despise this clown and wish nothing but failure for him the rest of his sorry career. Fat lazy toad…so glad the Spurs didnt advance, its called Karma Coach Pop! U wont win with QUITTERS on ur team!

    *done venting* LOL

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