Boris Diaw

Spurs sign Boris Diaw for rest of season


We told you yesterday that the Spurs were the frontrunners to land the services of Boris Diaw — because everybody is clamoring for guys the Bobcats waive — and now that has become a reality.

San Antonio has reached a deal with Diaw for the rest of this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

In one sense Diaw fits the mold of projects San Antonio will take on — he is a versatile forward who can pass and averaged 9.4 points per game over his career. If he plays up to his potential he’s a good fit — however concerns about mental focus and conditioning have long hounded Diaw. We’ll see if the Spurs locker room culture can change that.

In another sense this is a very odd pickup because the Spurs front line rotation is set — Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, DeJuan Blair and Tiago Splitter. Each of those guys are a good fit with what the Spurs like to do. While you can argue Diaw is more talented than Bonner the fact is Bonner brings a reliable skills set — he can stretch the floor and drain the three — and he brings effort every night.

The Spurs — seemingly locked in as the second seed in the West — have reshaped their bench in the past couple weeks, adding Stephen Jackson, bringing in point guard Patty Mills (once his visa issues are cleared up) and now signing Diaw.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.