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Boris Diaw will return to the San Antonio Spurs

The French big that played so well for the Spurs and was a key component in their championship formula will return to the Spurs on a three-year deal. Excellent.

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Boris Diaw will return to the Spurs on a 3-year $22.5 million contract. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the two parties came to an agreement on Sunday. According to Wojnarowski the third year is only partially guaranteed:

The third year of Diaw's deal is partially guaranteed, sources said. Diaw is guaranteed $15.5 million over the first two years of the deal, sources said.

Boris confirmed the agreement

I don't know if Boris was just enjoying a bit of wining and dining from teams in his brief free agency, but it took several days after the Spurs resigned Patty Mills for San Antonio to come to terms with Diaw. I was starting to get a little worried about Boris possibly leaving.

If Diaw's deal is worth $22.5M and he's guaranteed $15.5M over his first two years, I assume the third year is worth up to $7M. The only other players currently signed or scheduled to be signed after the July moratorium into the 2016-2017 season are Tiago Splitter ($8.25M,) Patty Mills ( around $4M,) and Kyle Anderson (team option for $993,400.) This contract for Boris gives the Spurs plenty of cap space to work with going forward.

Boris is one of my favorite players to watch in the NBA and I am very pleased that he and the Spurs could find an agreeable arrangement so that we get to watch the spin-happy, big Frenchman Creamshake his way around the paint for at least two more years. Boris loves to pass the ball and lives his basketball life for team ball The team chemistry seems to be something that Boris enjoys and I'm relieved that the Spurs are bringing back the core group of guys to defend their title.

2014-2015 should be a fantastic season. It's 114 days until the Spurs open the NBA season on October 28th against a still to be named opponent.