The French big man has committed his future to the Spurs, ensuring that last year’s championship winning core will not be split up.
The San Antonio Spurs have used this off-season to put themselves in poll position to win a 2nd championship in as many years.
First we saw Tim Duncan pick up the option on the final year of his contract and now the San Antonio have persuaded Boris Diaw to stay put, signing him to a 3-year, $22 million deal. Not that it would have taken much persuasion.
Free agent Boris Diaw has reached agreement on three-year, $22M deal to return to Spurs, sources tell Yahoo. Partial guarantee on 3rd year.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2014
In many ways Diaw encapsulates much of what has made the Spurs so successful and so enjoyable to watch. First off, his presence in San Antonio is probably only possible to the willingness of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli to take salaries significantly under their market value, an indication of the unselfishness that runs throughout the franchise.
Secondly, Diaw is player that does not fit the NBA stereotype. He is somewhat unathletic and undersized for his position and yet the Spurs system utilizes Boris Diaw’s many other strengths in a way that many other teams could not.
Finally, Diaw plays with a style and willingness to share the basketball that showed itself on the biggest stage of all, the NBA Finals, where Diaw averaged a shade under 6.0 assists per game.
Diaw had an excellent season last year, despite only starting 24 games last year. He was a part of the Spurs’ superb 2nd unit and he thrived in his role as a creative big man. His touch, vision and passing skills are as strong as ever and his 40% from the 3-point line and 2.8 assists per game last year are a testament to this.
The Spurs will now return for next season with all of their major pieces from last year in place and should be considered as dangerous as ever. With the Miami Heat’s future in turmoil, the Spurs must be acknowledged as early favourites for next year’s NBA title.