Updates from Sunday, July 27
Boris Diaw posted an Instagram of him signing his contract with the Spurs
Updates from Tuesday, July 15
Project Spurs on Twitter reports that the team has announced Boris Diaw's return:
The #Spurs have announced the team has re-signed Boris Diaw.— Project Spurs (@projectspurs) July 15, 2014
After putting together a strong season with the San Antonio Spurs, Boris Diaw will return to the reigning NBA champions for another three seasons.
The 32-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Spurs, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports breaks down the specifics of the contract:
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
Diaw relayed the news on his Twitter and Instagram accounts:
Though he only started 24 games last season, Diaw made an impact when he was on the court. Averaging 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists during the regular season, he slightly improved upon all of those numbers in the playoffs.
Dwight Jaynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest provides his thoughts on Diaw's deal:
Diaw proved today he’s as smart off the court as he is on it. Keep that band together.— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) July 6, 2014
With Diaw once again in the fold, San Antonio boasts a steady veteran presence either in the starting lineup or coming off the bench. With their French ties, he and Tony Parker have forged a special relationship on and off the court, and Parker spoke about his teammate's resurgence with the Spurs, per Sekou Smith of NBA.com:
Everything that you see him do today I’ve seen him do it the last four or five years doing that. He was playing great basketball in Phoenix and had some rough years with the Bobcats. When the Spurs asked me about Boris and should we take him, I was like ‘he’ll be a great fit for our team.’ I’m so happy for him, to see him blossom at the big stage. And everybody can see what he’s doing and what he’s capable of.
Following a spectacular season that resulted in the franchise's fifth NBA championship, Diaw re-signing is an indicator that the team is ready for another run next year. Manu Ginobili has already announced he plans to return and Parker said he believes Tim Duncan will do the same.
Thanks to savvy role players like Diaw, San Antonio's track record as one of the best organizations in the NBA continues. And beyond the leadership of Parker, Ginobili and Duncan, rising star and 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard will look to carry on the tradition with other acquisitions like rookie Kyle Anderson.
While several teams around the NBA aim to keep their cores together and add more pieces during a highly anticipated free-agency period, the Spurs could be set for another huge year.
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