After 14 seasons, NBA veteran Boris Diaw is leaving the league and returning to his native France. According to the reports, Diaw has agreed to sign with Paris Levallois Metropolitans. Levallois Metropolitans on the 3rd place in French Pro A league and will participate in EuroCup. Still, this doesn’t mean we have seen the last from Diaw in NBA since Diaw’s agent Doug Neustadt revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the contract has opt – clauses for both NBA and European teams. The deal was also confirmed on Levallois Metropolitans’ official Twitter account.
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Diaw spent 2016-2017 NBA season with the Utah Jazz but didn’t make a contribution that was expected from him although he was praised for demonstrating valuable leadership on the field. He played in 73 regular season games, averaging 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Diaw was also featured in Jazz’s 11 playoff games, averaging 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Jazz waived him in the summer of 2017.
Boris Diaw started his professional basketball career with Pau-Orthez, playing from 2001 to 2003 for the team and getting French League French Player’s MVP honors. He was drafted by Atlanta Hawks in the first round of 2003 NBA draft with the 21st overall pick. After two disappointing seasons with the Hawks, Diaw was traded to the Phoenix Suns. In his first season with the Suns, Diaw had some of the best stats in his career, averaging 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1 block and 6.2 assists per game. He spent 3 further seasons with the Suns, before playing for Charlotte Hornets (formerly Bobcats). After he was waived by Charlotte in 2012, Diaw signed for San Antonio Spurs. He went on to play a prominent role on the Spurs, helping the team reach the 2013 NBA finals. Diaw was also one of the key players in 2014 NBA Finals when the Spurs defeated Miami Heat.