After being a key cog in the San Antonio Spurs route to a NBA championship, Boris Diaw is back for the ride as Woj reports the unrestricted free agent has agreed to a 3-year deal with the 2014 NBA champions.
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
As Woj indicates, the final year of Diaw’s deal is partially guaranteed, with only $18.5 million of the entire deal being guaranteed. If Diaw’s game begins to slide toward the third year of this deal, the Spurs will hit the reset button, freeing up cap space in order to rebuild post-Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
At $7 million per, many may look at Diaw as overpaid, but with the market value rising along with the cap, this is a great deal for the San Antonio Spurs. He was a jack of all trades, creating, defending, rebounding, and knocking down shots as the first big man off the bench And while his numbers don’t stand out on the box score, Diaw’s impact was pivotal en route to a championship as he was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Tiago Splitter to better matchup against the opposition.
In the final two playoff series, Diaw averaged 10.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. If not for for Kawhi Leonard playing LeBron James to a stalemate in the final four games of the 2014 NBA Finals, Diaw may have been championed with his first Finals MVP award.
Following the announcement of the deal, Boris Diaw took to his Instagram account to celebrate the deal.