It seems the decisions of Carmelo Anthony and the Miami Heat ‘Big three’ are not slowing down the San Antonio Spurs from making moves in the NBA free agent market. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, unrestricted free agent forward Boris Diaw and the Spurs have agreed on a three-year deal to have Diaw remain in silver and black.
Wojnarowski reports that Diaw’s deal will be worth $22.5 million for three years, with the third year being partially guaranteed.
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 also tweeted to confirm the news and linked an Instagram photo which read “Go Spurs Go” drawn in the sand.
— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) July 6, 2014
Diaw, 32, was a key part of the Spurs championship run this past season and it was considered management’s plan to bring him back for San Antonio to have a chance to repeat in the 2014-15 season.
Diaw is guaranteed $18.5 million over the first two years of the deal reports Wojnarowski.
Last Tuesday it was reported that Patty Mills and the Spurs agreed to a three-year deal, despite Mills being out for seven months with a shoulder injury.
With Diaw and Mills locked up, the Spurs will continue to look at free agent Pau Gasol and will reportedly offer him their midlevel exception according to Yahoo! Sports. A reason for leaving the third-year with a partial guarantee according to Yahoo! Sports, is because the Spurs want to have financial flexibility after the next two seasons in the event the team goes into a “rebuild” mode in the event Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire in the near future.
Diaw averaged 6.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Project Spurs’ own Paul Garcia wrote about the value Diaw brought to the Spurs on both sides of the floor recently.