Boris Diaw Waived by Jazz After 1 Season

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 28: Boris Diaw #33 of the Utah Jazz looks on in the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The Utah Jazz waived forward Boris Diaw on Thursday, the team announced

The Vertical's Shams Charania first reported the news. 

Had Diaw been on Utah's roster past Saturday, his $7 million salary for the 2017-18 season would have become fully guaranteed

Shortly before the Jazz waived Diaw, the Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones reported the Toronto Raptors had "reached out" about a possible trade. However, those talks never gained traction. 

Diaw posted a farewell message to the organization and its fans on Instagram once the news broke: 

In his lone season with the Jazz, Diaw averaged 4.6 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds on 44.6 percent shooting from the field and 24.7 percent shooting from three. 

Diaw, 35, also posted a net rating of plus-2.4 points per 100 possessions in 73 appearances. 

The Frenchman is well past his prime, but it's been clear over the past two seasons he has plenty left to offer as a bench contributor who can excel in the high post and play between 13 and 18 minutes a game. 

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