It's buyout season, and the biggest prize, both literally and figuratively, is Boris Diaw, who has been bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats after having much publicized conflicts with head coach Paul Silas. According to the Charlotte Observer:
"Power forward Boris Diaw and the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed on a buyout of his remaining contract that should be completed in time for Diaw to be eligible for another team’s playoff roster. Bobcats vice president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed that early Wednesday morning to the Observer. The buyout, which should be completed sometime today, would make Diaw a free agent in time to sign with a contender. Meanwhile the Bobcats open one of 15 roster spots and save some of what’s left of Diaw’s $9 million salary. It’s not known just how much money Diaw agreed to give up for his freedom."
Although Diaw is a big man, his skill set is still that of a rotation player in the NBA.
Diaw's numbers this year are down a bit. He's only scoring 9.6 points per 36 minutes, so if you're looking for scoring, you probably aren't going to find it here. He's also not a great rebounder, especially for a big man, as he only averages 6.9 boards per 36 minutes.
What he is though is a solid defensive player who passes as well as any big man in the league. He averages 5.6 assists per game as a power forward. With a career .518 effective field goal percentage, he's also a decent spot up shooter when he actually takes the shot, but he has a tendency to pass up on good shots.
Whenever you're looking at picking up buyouts, it's best to measure optimism—they were generally bought out for a reason. This is a huge disclaimer on Boris Diaw; remember he was bought out, ie. paid to not play for the worst team in the NBA and arguably the worst offense in the history of the NBA.
For those that hold out hope against hope, here are six teams that might show some interest in, and even get some help from, Boris Diaw.