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March 21, 2012

Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats agree to buyout

Power forward Boris Diaw and the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed on a buyout of his remaining contract that should be completed in time for Diaw to be eligible for another team’s playoff roster.

Bobcats vice president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed that early Wednesday morning to the Observer. The buyout, which should be completed sometime today, would make Diaw a free agent in time to sign with a contender. Meanwhile the Bobcats open one of 15 roster spots and save some of what’s left of Diaw’s $9 million salary.

It’s not known just how much money Diaw agreed to give up for his freedom.

Diaw played only twice in his last eight games with the Bobcats and has had a strained relationship with coach Paul Silas, who was quite critical of his effort.

Silas described his frustration with Diaw on March 7 before a home loss to the Utah Jazz.

“I like a player who is really committed to not only the team but to himself and then doing the best he can as a player,’’ Silas said. “Some of the things that would go on, like not shooting the ball, passing all of the time’’ were unacceptable.

“I needed hoops and he could put the ball in the hoop. When that wouldn’t happen it was very disturbing. I think if he had played all out, the way he should have, it would have been a much, much better club.”

Diaw came to the Bobcats in a December, 2008, trade with the Phoenix Suns, along with Raja Bell and Sean Singletary, in exchange for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley. Diaw instantly became the facilitator then-coach Larry Brown wanted to make the offense run more smoothly.

He played in and started his first 258 games as a Bobcat (both franchise records) before Silas benched him on March 6, a win over the Orlando Magic. Diaw didn’t play at all against the Magic and was inactive the next three games. He played briefly – 13 minutes or less -- in road losses to the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets.

The coaching change from Brown to Silas definitely diminished Diaw’s status with the team. Brown overlooked Diaw’s inconsistent effort and unreliable conditioning because he had such a wide skill set. Silas saw Diaw as an underachiever.

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.’’

Diaw also might have had an opportunity with the New York Knicks, but that was likely scuttled when Mike D’Antoni, who coached Diaw in Phoenix, lost his job in New York.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 21, 2012 at 08:31 AM | Permalink


Bye Boris. I will not miss you.

Posted by: Sambo | Mar 21, 2012 8:51:11 AM

See ya, Boris. Don't let the door hit ya where the French bread split ya.

Posted by: Bob Loblaw | Mar 21, 2012 9:07:46 AM

Good. One less Segway to potentially run me over while I'm walking on uptown streets.

I imagine he will be motivated, possibly getting on a playoff team and playing for a new contract, and he did do some good things for us. But it is so frustrating to see someone that talented waste it half the time. He really seems to take being a pro basketball player for granted.

Posted by: J | Mar 21, 2012 9:35:42 AM

Silas, you have fun with your group of pathetic losers who have no clue BBall can be something else than one on one. You had one guy with an over average BBall IQ, you're getting rid of him.

Good luck losing every game for the next 5 seasons. I'm pretty sure Boris will have no trouble signing in a real team.

Posted by: Alex | Mar 21, 2012 9:50:42 AM

The guy has a high skill set but just plays lack luster in some games. He needs to stay motivated and focus on a contender team but when u drop off the radar teams are skeptical about what they are getting. Glad they took that salary off the books for next year. He is certainly not worth that salary!!!!!!

Posted by: tbird | Mar 21, 2012 10:24:56 AM


Do the Bobcats have a 2nd round pick in this year's draft?

Posted by: Buckley | Mar 21, 2012 11:04:40 AM

Coaches like Larry Brown and Mike D'Antoni cared more about Diaw's positives (skills, versatility, basketball IQ). Paul Silas emphasized his negative (nonchalant attitude).
Things came to a head this season; Boris' scoring went down a lot, he was never SO unmotivated.
I can't blame him: he knew that, no matter what he does, he's not in this team's future plans, and also, he knew (like all the other players) that the management cares about lottery odds, not about winning, this season.

Buying out his contract is best for both sides. Unlike those who posted some hateful comments, I wish Boris the best in his future NBA career.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 21, 2012 11:06:50 AM

buckley, yes they have their own 2nd round pick this year.... It should be valuable as it will be the first pick with a non- guaranteed contract... We may be able to trade up a few spots for nothing as some contenders up against the cap, won't want that guaranteed contract if it puts them in Luxury Cap territory.

Posted by: George Shinn | Mar 21, 2012 11:33:39 AM

at the end of the day, he and silas were just a bad match.

people constantly gave dude a bad rap on effort because he played so passively and smooth. the guy showed up EVERY single night. never hurt or always playing anyways. Playing big minutes. running the floor, boxing out, moving the ball. he played a floor game, he was the ideal 5th man on a team with 4 shot takers. unfortunately, he was probably more like the 1st option on this years team and he didn't want to take those shots every night.

they should have been able to trade him but the amnesty clause really eliminated a lot of guys that would have been trade candidates this year. and there just weren't any great picks out there worth a ton of money.

i'm sure we'll kick ourselves later not grabbing one of the nets picks when somebody at the end of the 1st round turns into a superstar but you can never plan for that. our luck would be that the guy we pick wouldn't work out and we would still have to pay farmar and petro.

on the other side of the spectrum, if boris had played better, we might not be in the great rebuilding position we are right now. 25% chance of davis, 75% chance of a really solid potential superstar.

if diaw plays the whole year like he started it, we're a horrible team with a mediocre draft pick. hats off to diaw for not stepping up more and just continuing to play his game the way he wanted to. it helped us way more than it hurt us.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 21, 2012 1:39:30 PM

Sandy...absolutely stellar post.

Well said.

Posted by: spectre | Mar 21, 2012 5:40:26 PM

Hey Rick, D'antoni resigned not sure if "lost his job" is the correct idiom for quitting. What about D'antoni taking the bobcats job when Silas re-retires, I would love to see some run and gun in the cable box.

Posted by: n/a | Mar 22, 2012 2:42:41 AM

Hey Rick,
Any news on possibly picking up JJ Hickson off of waivers or Nate McMillan as coach next year?

Posted by: Andy | Mar 22, 2012 6:25:20 AM

Dantoni would be bad news. Unless you have the perfect storm of elements coming together during Dantoni's PHX years... he wouldn't fare any better in Charlotte than he did with Knicks.

McMillan, great coach- toast of the league a few years ago, second only to Phil and Greg in terms of respect. I think the guy still has what it takes to lead a winner... not sure if the time and place is right for the Cats.

The right pick for the next coach really comes down to how much cap space we have and what we elect to do with it. Not to mention the draft pick....

I believe a poster by the name of Charlottean suggested the other day to be careful not to win games yet b/c he didn't want to see us pick 6th. Given our history of draft picks... 6th might be best for us so it isn't wasted.

If we do get the #1, or great pick, and use the cap space with some wisdom for once.. then it would be time to start calling the McMillan's of the league.

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Mar 22, 2012 6:56:34 AM

the thing about d'antoni that is intriguing is that we have a lot of guys that would absolutely thrive in his system.

d'antoni had some success pre carmello in new york when he had amare and felton and wilson chandler and drafted gallinari and mosgov. they would be contenders this year if the trade never happened.

you saw what he did with felton, imagine what he could do with augustin. imagine biyombo, henderson, mullens, walker, tyrus thomas, derrick brown, etc. the personnel is a match though we need more shooters. if we get barnes, d'antoni might be one to think about, although I doubt he wants to coach here.

mcmillan is a good coach with NC ties but he's going to get better job offers. He's way more likely to be coaching somewhere like the lakers after they realize how much of an idiot mike brown really is. i think svg is a great coach but there's something wrong there and I could see mcmillan being in line for that job as well.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 22, 2012 10:52:25 AM

Diaw, unlike in Charlotte where he got booed, got a standing ovation when going off the court, played team ball, got patted on the back by the coach. I think he likes SA

Posted by: DiawTheSpur | Mar 23, 2012 10:37:21 PM

He's a good basketball player, really good. He's just not a leader. You have to know what you have as a coach, not try to change guys....just get them better at what they do.

I think barnes played himself out of the top 5 last night. It'll take a convincing game sunday to change that.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 24, 2012 7:58:22 AM

Dude is looking like a 2nd round pick right now. What a disappointing talent.

No way I am on board with that pick unless we're picking like 6th or 7th and sullinger is gone. Even then, I'm hesitant.

Good loss to the nets. I love mullens play. 10 Boards in 21minutes? Dude is putting biyombo to shame lately rebounding. Thomas has got to give us more for the money. We're celebrating 10 and 6 games from the dude right now like that is at all acceptable.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 25, 2012 9:57:22 PM

Charlottean, Like I said all year. T. Robinson if he comes out this year. He is definitely a 1-5 pick in the draft. Dude beasted on UNC, and not because I am a Kansas Fan. Barnes looked awful but I think he is still a top 5 pick. But drop him to 5th after Davis, Sullinger, Robinson, Gilcrest, Barnes or McAdoo. McAdoo got game heck I may even take him over Barnes if he comes out.If we can get Tyler Zeller or Terrence Jones as another prize in second round that would be lovely. Heck Taylor from Kansas playing well. Been a Kansas fan since middle school, so I would rather take T. Rob of course but any those will do. Live in charlotte and always bobcats and panthers fan. Hope they get better after the draft this year. Peace, love, and hairgrease.

Posted by: tbird | Mar 26, 2012 12:30:00 AM

zeller is not going 2nd round. dude is 7 feet tall putting up 20/20 games in the tourney. if he falls out of the lottery, there are a lot of dumb scouts out there. I bet milwaukee takes him to take boguts spot.

i'm not THAT impressed by robinson. i mean 18 and 9 on 6 of 16 isn't a horrible game like barnes, but it just wasn't anything wow. I have seen him play about 5 or 6 times this year and all of the games have been that way. solid college games but nothing incredible. mcadoo gives you 15 and 4 and 2 steals in 19 minutes. he put up 17 and 6 in 23 minutes against vermont. i don't know.

barnes looked like a top 5 pick all last year. he looked like one all this year. i just can't understand how he can shy away from the big moment this much. when he had the dunk and 1 in the earlier part of the game, I thought he was about to tear things up and he did for like 2 minutes and then disappeared again. i just don't understand how a guy that talented can do that.

i remember jemel or whatever her name is from 1st take was comparing him to marvin williams and i thought that was wayyyyyyyyyyy off. (still do to a certain respect) but man, i haven't been this disappointed in a guys tourney play since joseph forte.

i think the pick is davis or sullinger. if they are both off the board when we pick, we start looking at mcadoo (if he leaves) or robinson or what once looked like a stacked draft is starting to look way more mediocre. I think there are a ton of long time nba starters in this draft but only davis stands out as a sure thing now and then there's a group of guys that could be big hits and could be big misses.

i mean barnes looked rashad mccants capable these last 2 games. you can't draft that top 5 unless jordan himself says "this is the guy I can make into something" because he does seem coachable. he does seem smart. i just think he got extremely exposed as being a open shot maker and not so much of a shot creater and definitely lacking a handle.

amazing how "it was all good just a week ago"©jayz

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 26, 2012 3:58:20 PM

Yeah u right, Zeller will be gone in the first round. I was just wishful thinking about him coming to the Bobcats that's more like it. How can u not b impressed with T. Rob? Dude may take National Player of the Year. I mean u looking at stats dude, he had 14 points in the first half. Then u have to also look at him being doubled and tripled team on the block. He is not a great shooter, a decent shooter which he hit some big shots. And his game has not developed and molded yet. This guy is going to be great, people have already compared him to Blake Griffin. The dude shot over 60% for the year, I mean what more can u ask for, but u know what people were laughing when I said that Paul Pierce would be a superstar in the nba. Ok what did he do, pass Larry Bird in points. And one of the greatest Celtic in nba history. It is funny how much of drop off u have for Barnes after hyping him up all year. I honestly believe that T. Rob could be second in the draft after Davis. I mean the guy is just that good.......

Posted by: tbird | Mar 27, 2012 10:53:12 AM

Robinson is just showing the tip of the iceberg. This is his first full year as a starter. He has a pro body doesn't need many shots to give you a 20-10 night and based on what he has gone through the past 2 years he has character and focus. The weaknesses in Barnes's game showed up in the playoffs. He is not an NBA 3 point shooter, he is not a slasher, he cannot create on his own he is a mid-range jump shooter. I thing Saturday's matchup of Robinson and Sullinger will eliminate Sullinger from consideration. As for T-Rob's jumper you can always improve that look at Gerald Henderson.

Posted by: TrueBBallFan | Mar 27, 2012 2:21:39 PM

True that TrueBBallFan,
This is his first real year of college basketball. He definitely had little showing in the past years, but dude had overcome adversity with close family member's death. A lot of anger and pain as well as heart from this kid. I still believe Sullinger will be a top 5 draft pick but we will see. T Rob may drop ahead of him depending on team needs. Hendo is the best player on the bobcats roster with much upside and his jumper is making him a hard to guard player. DJ may come in next on the roster, but guys like Mully and White are producing as well. The thing about Barnes is he is who he is. A pick and pop shooter. Dude has no left hand so he can't create his own shot. He disappears in some games and reappears. He needs to work on the off season with basic schematics to help his game.

Posted by: tbird | Mar 27, 2012 5:03:34 PM

I fell off about barnes because we need a superstar go to guy, not another solid talent. We aren't going to pick top 3 next year without serious luck in the lottery or major injuries in the season. Barnes could still be that guy but i hate guys that curl up in the clutch. Im probably being too hard on him because he's made game winners in huge games and he played well in the tourney(s) last year. It was just super disappointing.

Robinson scored a lot of his points with henson off the floor. In fact if i'm not mistaken he scored 8 in a row with henson AND zeller off the floor. I could be wrong. You can compare him to griffin if you want, but griffin is exciting, not great. He hasn't won anything yet. I'd be happy to have him and he's an obvious talent with obvious upside, but i'd take kevin love or lamarcus aldridge over him all day every day. Maybe even tristain thompson after next year....we'll see. Robison is solid, no denying that, but i'd take sullinger over him. He has an nba body dominating college kids as a junior.....and he's not even doing anything that spectacular. Everything he's doing, tyler zeller is doing better. So is sullinger.

I might even still take barnes over him after the emotion has worn off. You dont base the decision off the guys' 2 worst games, you base it on all of em. He played horrible at the time when his team needed it most, but that hasn't always been the case. And he IS a sophmore. 28 Year old barnes might be kobe esque. I almost guarantee that dude is in a gym right now working on his handle. No way he isn't.

Davis then sullinger then toss up on robinson/barnes/kidd gilchrist although i think kidd is after those 2.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 27, 2012 5:10:04 PM

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