Report: Spurs trade Boris Diaw to Jazz, make room for Gasol
The San Antonio Spurs have traded forward Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The move opens up salary space for the Spurs to sign Pau Gasol, who agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract this week. In exchange, the Jazz are sending the rights to 2015 second-rounder Olivier Hanlan, who spent last season with Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania.
Diaw, 34, averaged 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds last season, his fourth with the Spurs. The French forward was a critical rotation player for San Antonio and played a large part in their 2014 Finals win over the Heat with his playmaking ability out of the post.
With the addition of Diaw, the Jazz continue to add experience to their roster, also signing Joe Johnson and trading for George Hill this off-season.
The Spurs will field a new-look front line next season with the departures of Diaw and David West, who will sign with the Warriors, and with Tim Duncan reportedly likely to retire.