NBA Trade Rumors: Could the Bobcats Send Boris Diaw To A Contender?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMarch 7, 2012

Boris Diaw.
Boris Diaw.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

One player that could very well be on the move sometime before the trade deadline is Charlotte Bobcats center/forward Boris Diaw. The Frenchman has not been happy with his role in Charlotte and would rather play on a team that is headed towards the playoffs this season.

Diaw has been having a real “down” year so far and entering training camp out of shape appears to have hurt him the most. Diaw, who is currently in his ninth NBA season, struggled to find his rhythm (as he was in and out of the rotation) with the team resulting in not always getting along with head coach Paul Silas (who expected more from a veteran player).

During the 2010-11 NBA season, Diaw averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game showing his ability to play an all-around game and becoming a mismatch for the opposing centers throughout the NBA. With his (proven) ability to shoot the three-point shot with accuracy, Diaw at one point was able to draw opposing big men out towards the perimeter therefore opening up the painted areas for the offense.

However, this season has been very different and it has gotten to the point of mere frustration. Diaw is not happy about the Bobcats' current record, and would rather play on a team that was looking to make some noise in the postseason.

Although possessing an expiring contract worth $9 million, Diaw still has not been playing up to expectations this season and there is no guarantee that by joining a new team will make a change for the better. However, a change of scenery and being in a winning atmosphere will hopefully allow the Frenchman to find his old ways.