The pieces could be coming together quickly for another roster addition for the Spurs.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Boris Diaw.
Charlotte vice president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Observer the buyout should be completed sometime today. It would open one of 15 roster spots for the team and save some of Diaw’s $9 million salary.
Diaw will be able to sign with another team on Friday after he’s placed on waivers today.
The Spurs obviously are interested for a couple of reasons. Diaw would provide some quality front-court depth as he could fill in at several positions. Also, he is one of Tony Parker’s closest friends after their experiences together on the French national team. Parker is expected will lobby his team hard to add Diaw to the team.
Other teams that could be interested include Dallas and Boston.
Interestingly, Diaw didn’t earn a strong endorsement from current Charlotte coach Paul Silas. Diaw had played only twice in the last eight games for the reeling Bobcats.
Silas told the Observer of his frustration with Diaw on March 7 before a home loss to the Utah Jazz.
“I like a player who is really committed to not only the team but to himself and then doing the best he can as a player,’’ Silas told the Observer. “Some of the things that would go on, like not shooting the ball, passing all of the time’’ were unacceptable.
“I needed hoops and he could put the ball in the hoop. When that wouldn’t happen it was very disturbing. I think if he had played all out, the way he should have, it would have been a much, much better club.”
Whether a new team will help transform Diaw’s attitude remains debatable.
But the Spurs apparently are giving serious thought to giving him a shot in their run for a fifth championship.