- The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they signed forward Boris Diaw. Per club policy details of the contract were not released. The 6-8, 235-pound Diaw started the season with the Charlotte Bobcats before being placed on waivers on March 21. In 37 games with the Bobcats, Diaw averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 27.5 minutes. He scored in double figures in 11 games, including a season-high 27 points at New York on Jan. 4. Diaw came with two assists of his seventh career triple-double posting 16 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists vs. Miami on Dec. 28. NBA.com
- Andres Nocioni has signed with Caja Laboral of Spain. Basquet Plus
- Adrian Wojnarowski: The Bulls are a possible destination for Rasual Butler, league sources tell Y! Sports. He played the ’11-12 season for Chicago. Twitter
- Free agent Boris Diaw has reached agreement on a deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports
- Jamal Crawford: I’ve known Nate since I was 16, and we have a mutual friend who just passed away last year, who told me I would be playing in Portland next season. So besides my respect for Nate, I don’t play that game let’s get the Coach fired; I’ve never been that guy. I pride myself on being a true pro. I’ll start, I’ll come off the bench, I’ll play the one, I’ll play the two, I’ll do whatever’s asked and I’ll do my very best. When we’re losing, I don’t throw anybody under the bus. We win as a team, we lose as a team, that’s just a fact. So that was just crazy to me, and luckily there’s Twitter now so I can kinda clear things up when there’s questions out there. SLAM
- Simply put, Lamar has earned every last reverberation of every syllable of every boo issued forth from the Mavericks’ faithful. “It’s tough (for Lamar),” said Bryant on Wednesday night in Dallas. “He comes to a team that’s pretty much, set so it’s hard for him to find his niche, and the fans they don’t really understand what he does or how he can do it. I hope they don’t unlock that mystery. I know. I know how to use him and to use his skill set and this, that and the other; but this team, with the roster that they have being pretty much set, it’s tough for him to find his groove.” HoopsWorld
- New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez will miss two more weeks and then be reevaluated, the team announced Friday. Nets general manager Billy King told reporters in Atlanta that a CT scan revealed a small “line” in Lopez’s fractured right foot, which was not previously discovered. The 23-year-old missed the first 32 games of the season and 33 of the first 34 after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during the Nets’ final preseason game on Dec. 21 in New York. ESPN.com
- Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers will declare for the NBA draft, sources said Friday. He will make the formal announcement next week after spending the weekend at home in Orlando. CBSSports.com reported earlier Friday that Rivers was planning to enter the draft. The Blue Devils’ staff knew in the latter part of the season that Rivers was going to leave, multiple sources with direct knowledge at Duke told ESPN.com. Rivers will become the fourth player under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to play one season for the Blue Devils before leaving for the NBA. The other three were Corey Maggette, Luol Deng and last season’s No. 1 draft pick, Kyrie Irving. ESPN.com
Versatile forward Boris Diaw signed with the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, going from the league’s worst team to one of its best.
Diaw was in the final year of his contract when he was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. He joins the Spurs, who are second in the Western Conference and appear intent on chasing another championship.
Earlier this month, the Bobcats sat down Diaw, 29, for four games as they made a commitment to their younger players. He returned for two games as Charlotte showcased him for a possible trade, but no team expressed interest.
For the season, Diaw is averaging 7.4 points – his lowest since the 2004-05 season – with 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He has six career triple-doubles.
With the Spurs, the 6-8, 235-pound Diaw likely will back up Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair at the two big spots.
A native of France, Diaw has played alongside Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker on the French national team. He averaged 8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in Eurobasket 2011, helping France claim the silver medal.
Diaw, who averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 37 games this season for the Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA’s worst team, signed with the San Antonio Spurs on Friday after clearing waivers.
The nine-year veteran had his best season in 2005-06 when he averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists for the Suns, and Tony Parker of the Spurs was lobbying for the signing of his teammate on the French national team.
Diaw scored in double figures in 11 games, including a season-high 27 points at New York on Jan. 4. Diaw came with two assists of his seventh career triple-double posting 16 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists vs. Miami on Dec. 28.
Diaw was originally drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 21st overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Aug. 19, 2005. In his first season with the Suns, Diaw won the 2006 Most Improved Player Award, after averaging 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 35.5 minutes over 81 games.
For his career, Diaw has appeared in 660 NBA games, averaging 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 30.3 minutes while shooting .491 (2,645-5,389) from the field, .329 (293-891) from 3-point territory and .708 (780-1,101) from the foul line. He has posted six triple-doubles during his career. Diaw has seen action in 39 playoff games, averaging 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 34.9 minutes.
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LAC @ NOH: Sorry Clippers fans, your team is going nowhere, fast. With whispers of a coaching change soon to become a roar, they scored just 11 points as a team in the fourth quarter and lost again. Chris Paul had 16 & 9 in his return to New Orleans, and Blake Griffin added 21 & 11, but Nick Young has yet to be the answer and Randy Foye shot 1-14 off the bench. Chris Kaman led the comeback with 20 & 10 and surprise starter Jason Smith had 17 & 9, making Gustavo Ayon an afterthought again.
GSW @ HOU: The Warriors faded badly in the second half, hot rookie Klay Thompson cooled off a little and the Rockets got an easy home win. Chandler Parsons led a balanced attack with 20 PTS and 11 REB. Samuel Dalembert had a double-double (15 & 10) in less than 22 minutes, as Golden State is using rookie Jeremy Tyler at C. It’s not the Dubs’ players who are tanking — management has already heard how the fans feel.
BOS @ MIL: Credit the Celtics for a great effort. Another bunch of old guys, tired from a long road trip, could have mailed this one in. Paul Pierce (25) led all scorers, Rajon Rondo dished out 14 AST and Kevin Garnett (16 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST) shut down Drew Gooden. Monta Ellis, still trying to fit in with his new team, was 6-18 from the floor and shot only one free throw.
MEM @ POR: Yesterday in this space, I wondered if the Blazers even care. Nicolas Batum (24) led a fourth-quarter comeback to answer that, and Wesley Matthews (18 PTS, 9 REB, 3 STL) continues to play well. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are still working Zach Randolph back into their offense. Z-Bo had a quiet 12 & 6 in 27 minutes and Rudy Gay scored just 10 points.
IND @ WAS: Roy Hibbert scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds while playing solid D. After a strong Wizards debut the night before, Nene scored just six points.
UTA @ SAC: Big Al Jefferson scored 26, including a putback of an airball near the final buzzer, to lead the Jazz to their fifth straight win. Gordon Hayward had a nice line (18 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST. 1 STL, 1 BLK) as the starting SG and Derrick Favors double-doubled (12 & 10) in 22 bench minutes. Tyreke Evans again came off the bench by his own request, but led the Kings with 25 and DeMarcus Cousins had 22 & 18. With very little fanfare, Jason Thompson (19 & 15) has double-doubled in his last five starts, but he tweaked an ankle last night.
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MIL @ CHA: Still smarting from last night’s defeat and in the middle of a back-to-back-to-back, the Bucks need to recover quickly. Charlotte hasn’t played since Monday and will have fresh legs. Boris Diaw was officially bought out of his Hornets contract and should resurface soon, possibly in San Antonio.
NYK @ TOR: It was no contest between these teams in New York on Tuesday but the resurgent Knicks will have to keep working hard. Andrea Bargnani has appeared tentative in his eight games since returning from a calf injury. One of these nights, he will rediscover his confidence.
PHO @ IND: This might not be a classic. The Suns, great at home recently to sneak back into the playoff hunt, are 0-2 so far on this very tough road trip. The Pacers played last night; David West dislocated a finger but did return to the game.
CLE @ ORL: I feel sorry for Tristan Thompson, the rookie PF starting at C for the Cavs, as he meets Dwight Howard up close and personal. Kyrie Irving will do his best, as always, but it probably won’t be enough.
NJN @ ATL: If Deron Williams is still frustrated at being ejected the other night and takes it out on the Hawks, this game may be closer than expected. But the Nets have no answers for Josh Smith and Joe Johnson, who should continue their recent heroics.
MIA @ DET: LeBron James is shaken up (elbow, neck) after two hard falls on Tuesday but will play. The Heat have a couple of other weapons. Ben Gordon figures to start again for Rodney Stuckey (toe) but will get special attention from the Miami D after his 45-point game in Denver.
MIN @ OKC: Earlier this year, I became fond of the T-Wolves and a huge fan of Nikola Pekovic, but Pek has two sore ankles and Anthony Tolliver, seeing extra run in his absence, is more of a finesse player. This smells like a rout.
BOS @ PHI: Though he stayed on the floor, Brandon Bass was hobbling last night and the Celtics are simply not as young or as deep as the Sixers. Boston will be out to atone for that humiliating loss in Philly earlier this month, I just don’t think their legs can match their will.
DAL @ SAS: The big news here concerns Tony Parker, whose sore hamstring may keep him sidelined. If Gary Neal has to fill in at PG, it will improve the Mavericks’ chances. Shawn Marion (knee) may return after missing three games, but Brendan Haywood remains out.
POR @ LAL: The new-look Lakers have Steve Blake starting at PG, doing very little, then giving way to Ramon Sessions, who seems to be improving with each game. Rested and back home after splitting two tough games in Texas, L.A. should have an easy time of it tonight.
DEN @ UTA: Maybe not all eyes, but quite a few, are on JaVale McGee, whose first game in a Nuggets jersey was memorable. Will he start? Can he ever become consistent? It’s almost worth staying up late to find out. You can cut Rudy Fernandez if you’re still holding him; he’s having back surgery. Wilson Chandler has gone from fantasy FA to must-own in a hurry.
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- Sam Amick: Source says Portland has been awarded forward JJ Hickson from waivers. Golden State misses out. Twitter
- David Aldridge: The Hornets, according to a source, have no plans at the moment to buy out Chris Kaman. Twitter
- Derek Fisher and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to terms on a rest-of-the-season contract that will be signed after Fisher clears waivers, according to sources close to the process.ESPN.com
- The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent center Ronny Turiaf. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. NBA.com
- The San Antonio Spurs have emerged as frontrunners to sign forward Boris Diaw should he clear waivers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports
- After 13 seasons in the NBA, all with the Indiana Pacers, forward/center Jeff Foster announced his retirement Wednesday due to chronic back problems. “It’s with deep regret that I have to conclude my basketball career,” said Foster. “I’ve given my all to the Pacers and the community the last 13 years. I had hoped to be able to finish the season, but unfortunately my back problems prevented that from occurring. I want to thank the Simon family and the Pacers’ organization for 13 memorable years.” Foster played in just 11 games this season, averaging 2.3 points per game. One of the more popular players in team history for his on-court hustle, he retires in the Pacers’ top 10 career list in 11 different categories in the team’s NBA history, eight different categories in franchise history. NBA.com
- Derrick Rose didn’t participate in the Chicago Bulls’ Wednesday morning shootaround at Air Canada Centre and though coach Tom Thibodeau called the point guard “a game-time decision,” he will miss his fifth straight game with a strained groin. Rose said he still hasn’t started running with the injury, which he suffered March 12 against the Knicks. The league’s reigning most valuable player is expected to sit through the remainder of this week at least. Chicago Tribune
- Andy Vasquez: Deron Williams was asked if anything that happens over the last 19 games of the season could impact his decision this summer: “Not really.” Twitter
- Lewis is the second-highest-paid player in the NBA behind Kobe Bryant and is slated to earn $22 million next season.But the Wizards can buy out him out after this season for $13.7 million, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Washington Post