San Antonio Spurs: Boris Diaw signs to play in France

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 21: Boris Diaw
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 21: Boris Diaw /

Former San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw is off to France, according to a report. It might represent the end of his 14-year career.

In the middle of the 2011-12 season, Boris Diaw joined the San Antonio Spurs after the Charlotte Bobcats waived him. He played the four-plus seasons in the Alamo City, averaging 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. This included the 2014 NBA Finals victory.

After the 2015-16 season, the Spurs traded Diaw and a 2022 second-round pick to the Utah Jazz for the rights to Olivier Hanlan. He played 73 games, starting 33, and averaged 4.6 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game.

The Jazz waived Diaw in July, but no one signed him. Instead, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 35-year-old will play in France. He signed a contract with Paris-Levallois, which includes NBA and European outs.

Boris Diaw's deal with Paris-Levallois includes outs for both NBA and European teams, agent Doug Neustadt told ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 14, 2017

Diaw last played in the Euroleague in 2002-03 for Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez. This came as a 20-year-old.

At Diaw’s age, it’s possible he never returns. Teams may want younger options at the forward position, if the need comes up. However, a veteran presence might be desired for contenders, so the Frenchman presents himself as an option.

If this is the end of Diaw in the NBA, he played from 2003-17 for five teams: the Spurs, Bobcats, Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists on 49.3 percent shooting, 33.6 of which came from behind the arc.

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Diaw’s best season came in 2008-09, when he played for the Suns and Bobcats. He had a career-high 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.