Wednesday , Mar , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Tony Parker: Spurs ‘very interested’ in Boris Diaw

By agreeing to a buyout now, Diaw can be waived in time to potentially sign with a contender and be eligible for a playoff roster. San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, Diaw’s close friend and French national-team teammate, recently said on a French radio program that Diaw would be welcome with the Spurs.

“He’s in shape,’’ Parker reportedly said. “I’m the first to make fun of him when he gains too much weight, but right now it’s not the case. We’re very interested to get him.’’

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Boris Diaw was likely the latter for Michael Jordan, Paul Silas, and the Charlotte Bobcats, which has resulted in the NBA’s worst team buying out the finesse forward.

Diaw is known for his passing, basketball IQ, and versatility. And such attributes helped him win the Sixth Man of the Year award with the Phoenix Suns.

He’s also known for poor conditioning, apathy, and arrogance. And such attributes led to strained relations with the Hawks, Suns, and Bobcats.

Diaw, who fell out of Silas’ rotation in early March, was probably moping and serving as a poor influence for the Bobcats’ many young pieces.

Now he’ll have the chance to catch on with a contender, while the thrifty Bobcats save some money on his $9 million contract.

Perhaps Diaw hooks up with Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. The two are friends from their days with the French national team and Parker recently told a European radio station that the Spurs ‘were very interested to get him’ (Diaw).

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