After playing outstanding in the NBA Finals and helping the San Antonio Spurs take down the Miami Heat in five games to win the NBA Title, Boris Diaw may be looking to cash in as a free agent in the offseason.
However, according to Mike Monroe of The San Antonio Express News, who spoke to a Western Conference executive, teams are weary of the poor performance Diaw had in Charlotte.
In spite of Diaw’s outstanding play in the final three games of the Finals, one Western Conference team executive does not believe he will attract significant interest on the free-agent market.
“Everyone knows he loves playing for the Spurs with his best friend (fellow Frenchman Tony Parker),” the executive said. “Plus, he sort of has a reputation as a guy who won’t play hard unless he likes the situation he is in. He pretty much quit on the Bobcats and (former coach) Paul Silas. You can dislike your coach, but you’ve got a contract for a lot of money. You can’t quit like he did in that situation.
“That’s something that makes teams pretty wary.”
Diaw already has had a significant NBA payday, a five-year, $45 million contract he got from the Phoenix Suns in his free-agent summer of 2007. The Spurs signed him to a two-year deal worth $9.2 million in the summer of 2012.
Diaw averaged 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 52.1% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 73.9% from the free throw line. In the postseason, he put up 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 50.0% from the field, 40.0% from three and 68.8% from the charity stripe.