AFTER his worst scoring season in the NBA since his rookie year, Boris Diaw is headed home to France as he signed up to play for the French club Paris-Levallois.
Sport SFR’s David Cozette broke the news on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), and Diaw’s agent added to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the deal allows outs for the 35-year-old forward to return to the NBA or join another European team.
Last season with the Utah Jazz, Diaw scored the least in his career since he was a rookie after averaging just 4.6 points along with 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes. Still, Diaw’s value was not in his numbers but in leadership and court savvy as he helped the Jazz end a four-year playoff drought and even advance to the second round.
Utah, however, waived him in the offseason before his $7.5 million salary got guaranteed for the next NBA season.
Diaw has career averages of 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in stints with five teams, including the Phoenix Suns of the Steve Nash-era and the San Antonio Spurs where he won a title in 2014.
The French forward will now look to help Paris-Levallois to end a four-season drought from the quarterfinals in the French Cup.