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.