Spurs re-sign Boris Diaw
The Spurs announced on Tuesday that forward, postseason hero and bachelorette party guest Boris Diaw has re-signed with the team.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have re-signed forward Boris Diaw. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Diaw returns to the Silver and Black coming off his best season since 2010-11. The Frenchman appeared in 79 games, averaging 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.0 minutes while shooting .521 (302-580) from the field and .402 (45-112) from three-point range. During the 2014 playoffs Diaw averaged 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 26.3 minutes. In the Finals vs. Miami, Diaw posted averages of 6.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 34.2 minutes.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobo will receive $22.5 million over the next three seasons, taking him to the ripe age of 35 years old by the time his contract is done.
On the surface, this deal is fair for both sides. Signing Diaw takes the Spurs over the $63 million salary cap, where they’ll have the midlevel exception available to use. Inking Diaw to any smaller deal wouldn’t have mattered as there wouldn’t be enough wiggle room for the Spurs to do anything reasonable under the salary cap.
Might as well reward him for his excellent play in the playoffs, especially in the conference and NBA Finals, and unlock the use of the midlevel exception, which becomes available once a team goes over the cap.
With the signing of Diaw and Matt Bonner’s inevitable return, the Spurs have 14 on the roster. What happens with that 15th roster spot is now the most interesting thing going in Spursland.
R.C. Buford and the front office tend to enjoy the flexibility of having that 15th roster spot open, so it would come as no surprise if San Antonio went into training camp with lineup as-is. That said, Aron Baynes is unsigned, the Spurs inked Bryce Cotton to a make-good contract (if he makes it through training camp without getting cut, he’s guaranteed for the rest of the season) and the MLE is available to sign one of the bigger remaining free agents.
We’ll see what happens as training camp approaches, but in the meantime rejoice, we’ve just been gifted three more seasons of the Boris Diaw Experience.