Boris Diaw won’t miss chance to repeat

By Jeff Caplan, NBA.com

Boris Diaw earned his three-year deal with his stellar showing in the 2014 playoffs.

The multifaceted Boris Diaw earned his three-year deal with his stellar showing in the 2014 playoffs.

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – The Most Versatile Man in the world doesn’t want to miss out on one of the rare opportunities in the world: The repeat.

That’s right, Boris Diaw will re-sign with the newly minted champion San Antonio Spurs. Diaw, the 6-foot-8 power forward, small forward, point forward, shooting guard, whatever, announced via Twitter on Sunday evening that he’ll be hanging around for a few more years.

That’s music to the ears of Spurs fans who fretted that Diaw might seek (and find) a larger payday elsewhere after his magnificent, all-around performances in the NBA Finals. Instead, Diaw will remain with the team that in many ways resurrected his career when it plucked him off the Charlotte Bobcats’ trash heap in March 2012.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Diaw and the Spurs reached an agreement on a three-year deal worth $22.5 million.

The Spurs have managed to reach agreements with two critical players off a bench that made San Antonio arguably the deepest team in the league. Last week the Spurs came to terms with backup point guard Patty Mills, who will miss a chunk of next season because of surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. They get both players on reasonable deals, securing the services of both for the next three seasons at around a combined $11 million per year.

Contracts cannot be officially signed until the league’s moratorium comes to a close on July 10.

Diaw provides Gregg Popovich‘s team tremendous versatility and it was on full display during the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder and then in the NBA Finals in the Spurs’ five-game triumph over the Miami Heat.

Diaw scored 26 points in 36 minutes of the series-clinching Game 6 of the West finals when point guard Tony Parker was lost for the second half with an ankle injury. Popovich inserted Diaw into the starting lineup starting with Game 3 of the Finals after Miami’s smaller lineups took Game 2 in San Antonio.

Diaw, 32, replaced the bigger, less mobile Tiago Splitter, and put together three memorable performances in Games 3, 4 and 5 — all Spurs blowout wins — averaging 7.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 6.0 apg.

According to Wojnarowski, the third year of Diaw’s deal is not fully guaranteed. Diaw will be guaranteed $18.5 million over the first two years of the deal.

While the Spurs are keeping their own, they will continue to pursue free-agent center Pau Gasol. San Antonio is limited to offering its full mid-level exception of $5.3 million.

Otherwise, the champs will look very much the same when they open training camp in October. Before the start of free agency, Tim Duncan opted into the final year of his contract, and Manu Ginobili put off retirement for at least another year.

Still in the crosshairs of this club that has won four championships with the Big Three going back to 2003 is celebrating in back-to-back seasons.

Diaw apparently didn’t want to miss out on such an opportunity.

35 Comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    This is great news for a spurs fan, but what I don’t get is that a lot of people are saying that diaw, Leonard, and green/mills, are going to be the next big 3 when diaw is older than Parker, mills has only 1 good year and green is a spot up shooter trying to add more to his game. Leonard though is a straight up baller. He will be the face of the franchise. P.s I don’t see the Spurs getting past the Thunder this coming year in the playoffs. This past year they got hot at the right and any team in the west would’ve beaten Miami. Btw I live in Texas and I’m not a maverick or rocket fan.

  2. Al says:

    Luol Deng would be a perfect off the bench player for Kawhi….but I don’t hear anything about the Spurs going after him….anybody hear anything?

  3. Mark D says:

    Spurs should go after Wade if the big three fall out. Sell it to him on getting another ring.
    Offer 15M over 2 years to see if those knees will hold up. Wade could be a good rotation player behind Green and THE CLAW.

  4. El Stone says:

    This is big.

  5. harrythehawk says:

    It’s no fair that the Spurs get all the good players! C’mon OKC and Hawks! Let’s Go!

  6. G-Man says:

    Everyone totally forgot about Spurs rookie (Kyle Anderson 30th pick), the younger version of Boris Diaw. You should watch his games a 6’9” point guard. I think he can adapt to Spurs type of b-ball in no time. Patty Mils can take his time recovering, get into absolute great shape while Anderson do some work and totally immerse himself in Spurs basketball team chemistry. It’s nice to have Pau Gasol, but Anderson can fill that spot too and play 4.

  7. L says:

    This is fantastic news! Now if only Spurs would target Luol Deng and not Pau Gasol.

  8. esboa says:

    Pau an upgrade vs Bonner: definately !! But Paul will be too expensive, me thinks

  9. prahumac says:

    i think there is no need for the spurs to get gasol on the line because the present line up it self is enough to win another ring for the spurs trio!!!!!!!!

  10. Jacek says:

    From about a year I think that the Pau is the best fitting player to the Spurs roster. I would take him even some more salary than mid-level. they don’t need anyone else.
    Go Spurs Go

  11. Romeo says:

    The Spurs are a complete team, they proved that in the NBA finals. They don’t need Pau Gasol, we have Splitter; Duncan; Diaw; Ayres and Baynes. Why would we pursue Gasol? We need a PG-SG. Joseph is not a player you can count on, with Mills out half the year and Ginobili being as old as he is…we need someone to come in for both of them. Nobody knows if Mills will be the same player when he returns, a PG is necessary if we want to win the Western conference again.

  12. Carlo says:

    Well, two of the best FA signs have been made by the Spurs (Mills, Diaw).

    While many other teams are trying hard to become contenders – trying magic with salary cap, MLE’s, FA’s, etc. – the Spurs, who already are winners, keep their team perfect AND do it with little money.

    Now, better than Pau, I’d like Deng to accept a pay cut for a winning chance. Why shouldn’t he? Pau already has a couple rings while Deng has not.
    Besides, Deng would be a perfect mirror to Leonard.
    I know it’s almost impossible but…

  13. Albert says:

    Great idea to bring in Pau for Big Matt Bonner. Bonner could upgrade to a coaching position and don’t mess with the rest of the team. Leave as is. Please! Everyone on the Spurs team played a vital role this past season. What Danny Green started doing in the Western Conference Finals and in the Championship Finals was driving more to the baskettle and taking those shots he took, he needs to do more of that. He can be so much more of a threat if develops that confidence in doing more of that. He would be an even greater threat. Let’s see what happens between now and then start of training camp. Come on Danny. Do it baby. I have confidence in u. Go Spurs Go!!!!

  14. Duncanonu says:

    There is another way for the Spurs to get Gasol outside of the MLE. This would only work if the Lakers concede defeat in luring a big Free Agent and punt to next year. The Spurs could, in theory, Re-sign Matt Bonner for lets say $6.5 million for one year. The Lakers sign Gasol for $10 million for 1 year. The Spurs then send Bonner, Ayres or Daye, and a future 1st round pick to the Lakers for Gasol. Before you jump all over me, saying that doesn’t add up, it actually does. The Spurs have a trade exception from Nando De Colo, that would make up enough of the difference to make it legal. This isn’t likely, but what nobody is talking about is that the Spurs could feasibly do this, if not for Gasol, then for someone else. The Spurs organization has it all set up perfectly, right down to Bonner’s expiring, overpaid deal having full bird rights. The organization is flat out Brilliant.

  15. Alan Hollway says:

    If Pau Gasol is prepared to buy into the Spurs way and drop some salary to win a title then he would be a great addition but if he is not then it reflects on him having different values to the Spurs way. Diaw is wonderful for his flexibility, Gasol would bring considerable talent to the big man department playing centre and allowing Duncan to be more of a power forward and resting on the bench. Gasol would also be able to play power forward and the interchangability between Diaw, Gasol, Duncan is immense.I think it a mistake to get rid of Ayers or Baynes, both are new up and coming talent and that is what has to be nutured, Bonner has had his day and it his tim to say goodby as long as Gasol can accept a lower pay packet. Would he do it?? It depends upon the character of the man. I hope he does.

  16. browning says:

    I think Luol Deng might be a great fit if he is ready to win a championship or two.

  17. Alex says:

    With Diaw signing for that amount there is no way gasoline is going to San Antonio. He is a better player than Diaw and he is not going to agree to a contract almost half of Boris’ amount. Especially, coming from a $19 million contract. I expect him to go to N.Y., Chicago or stay in L.A.. Although his best option for the title would be OKC

  18. E.T. says:

    Yes it would be awesome if Spurs can get Pau Gasol :D

  19. Ray says:

    I see a repeat in hand go spurs and if we get pau even better but do not get rid of splitter he is huge and will be a lot better next season

  20. sports fan says:

    It would be awesome if the Spurs get Gasol & then knock out the Lakers in first round of the playoffs.

  21. sammmmmmmmy says:

    just keep the team, leonard is just gonna get better. dont forget the big 3…. this team will get better and will repeat gospursgo

  22. Sweet! Now trade a couple of pieces and cash for Gasol or trade Bonner, Ayres, Baynes, and Spiltter for Gasol. I believe he’s worth it. If it doesn’t work, the Spurs can re-load around Leonard when the big three retire. Patty, Boris, Leonard then augment whatever the Spurs pick up or develop. This scenario keeps the team vying each year and building for the future.

    • LBJ says:

      dream on homer…

    • gg says:

      why would they trade anyone for gasol? I like gasol, but isn’t he a free agent? there’s no need to trade anyone. Plus gasol said monetary concerns are secondary to him, he wants to be on a contender. If he’s serious about that comment, I think it’s possible he will go to the Spurs

  23. pej says:

    Good news for me a San Antonio fan. Diaw is an around player and will give Spurs a good run for another rings.

  24. TEG says:

    if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. the Spurs pretty much did that. this is very good.

  25. Great Deal. That is the only way he will be able to repeat. Miami=No and nobody else. Well maybe Detroit. LOL

  26. JimboJJM says:

    It seems as if all of the key players are coming back. A question still remains about Matt Bonner. I think they are considering releasing him since he is a free agent, but only if they are able to sign a free agent who can fill his spot. Kyle Anderson may make the team due to the loss of Patty Mills who won’t likely be ready until Feb., 2015. Another question mark is whether the Spurs keep Damon James or not. The starting five of Parker, Green, Leonard, Splitter and Duncan will be back with Diaw starting occasionally for Splitter. If the Spurs don’t sign Bonner, Jeff Ayers and Aaron Baynes will have to step up their play as well as Austin Daye, who has shown good shooting potential and ball handling skills for a 6’!!” three. There is still room for improvement and Popovich will see to it that they do. I don’t think the Spurs will be able to sign another free agent big that they sorely need, but there are a few possibilities. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  27. Jose says:

    I wonder if the Spurs can do my challenge to them to put up only a14 man roster of International Players… + Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard with the only American born Player on the team.. Goodbye Danny! Matt! & Austin Daye!!

  28. installer-x says:

    Gasol would be a nice to have option for the Spurs!! Think as Bonner upgrade?

  29. Max says:

    Watched B.Diaw the years he was with the Suns (in person). A very deserving player. Nothing but the best of Boris. I know his Mother is so proud of her son.

  30. Unkle Daddy says:

    Pau needs to finish his career with a great organization like the Spurs.