When the San Antonio Spurs season came to an end, it wasn’t far after that many wondered what will happen to key players. Will they retire, be traded, or even re-signed?
Though many are sitting and waiting to hear what Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili plan to do, news was reported that Boris Diaw was told by the San Antonio Spurs that they do have plans for him. Diaw spoke with French site Basket-infos and stated the team wanted to see him suit up with the team next season.
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“They told me that their wish was to keep me”
“I do not worry about my future, but it is not a question that I control. It is an option that the team has to decide if it was my last year or not. I’ll see June 31, but they told me that it’s their wish to keep me and continue next year,” said Boris Diaw.”
As Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio’s Spurs Zone stated, the key word in the quote is “WISH”. He continues to give his insight on the matter, and stated that sure it would be beneficial if the Spurs can keep him with the team, but if he can be packaged to get younger and more athletic, Diaw can be used as good bait.
Consider this, next season Boris will be in his final year of his contract ($7,000,000) and can be a nice contract to use to cut down on a team’s financial cap after next season. Moreover, if the team releases him by June 30, the Spurs will only owe him $3 million due to the way his contract is structured.
Diaw is a veteran, has championship experience, and is a versatile big man. This season he showed his worth as he was called on down the stretch and delivered. Though he was not used in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it has come to light that he may have been in the doghouse with Gregg Popovich during the Spurs’ last game of the season.
If Diaw’s statement is true, and why would he make up such a thing, then it looks like Diaw could be back in the silver and black next season.