Continuing the trend of keeping their championship roster intact, the San Antonio Spurs and Boris Diaw have agreed to a three-year, $22M contract that will keep the versatile forward in southern Texas until he is 35.
Diaw certainly cashed in on a solid postseason run, signing for quite a bit more than he would have been offered on the market prior to the playoffs. It’s far from a discount, but the Spurs have been known to do this with big men who aren’t named Tim Duncan; Tiago Splitter, for example, is clearly overpaid (four years and $36 million).
With that being said, it is more important to consider the player than the contract. Diaw fits like a glove into San Antonio’s pass-first, three-heavy offense. He has been unhappy playing for certain other teams in the past because they wanted him to be more selfish while passing less, but that will never be a problem in San Antonio. It doesn’t hurt matters that Tony Parker, his fellow Frenchman and longtime best friend, will himself be a Spur for the foreseeable future.
Diaw’s flexible game is suited for any role Gregg Popovich hands him, a trait that is especially useful in light of the fact that the line between “starter” and “bench player” on the Spurs is the blurriest of any NBA team. When Duncan retires, San Antonio will have a very capable front court player to take his spot in the lineup.