More reports: Boris Diaw agrees to two-year, $9 million deal with Spurs
STOP THE SANITY! The Spurs can’t just keep signing good deals for both themselves and their players, can they? Somebody has to get screwed at some point, right? So far, no. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting early Tuesday that the Spurs and Boris Diaw have agreed to a new deal worth about $9 million over two seasons. This comes on the heels of last night’s news that Danny Green is re-signing for $12 million spread over three years.
Like Green’s deal, this seems fair. Diaw played excellent for the Spurs in his short stint with the team last season after being bought out by Charlotte. Normally the late season buyouts who are signed contribute very little (remember the Troy Murphy / Corey Brewer saga from a season ago?), but Diaw proved to be a very good fit for the Spurs with his ability to space the floor, pass the ball and, ahem, take up space. The key, however, is probably his familiarity with some of the Spurs offensive sets, thanks to work with Tony Parker on the French National Team.
Diaw averaged a shade over six points and five rebounds per game in the playoffs last season, but his fit with the team was far greater than those numbers show. Although, like Green, Bobo struggled in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Diaw’s shiny new two year deal will take him to the ripe old age of 32 when it expires. Can’t imagine his time with the team will extend past this contract, with the Spurs likely entering a youth movement at that point. Manu Ginobili’s contract will be up after this season and it’s unclear how much longer he’ll want to play, likewise for Stephen Jackson.
This leads into the inevitable question: Is Tim Duncan next? With Diaw and Green taken care of, it seems apparent that the next one to be sorted out is Tim Duncan. I still think it’s likely that Duncan re-signs for a three year deal with the third year only partially guaranteed, thus letting him play two more seasons and then retiring. Duncan would leave the game when Diaw’s deal expires, and if the Spurs somehow convince Ginobili to give it another shot on a one year deal, the Spurs rebuilding efforts could begin in earnest with the 2014-15 season.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Welcome back to the silver and black, Bobo.
[Update: Woj says the second season on the deal is a player option. Carry on.]