Is Boris Diaw an Option for the Houston Rockets?

By Michael Knight
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 02: Boris Diaw
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 02: Boris Diaw /

The Utah Jazz have waived one of their big men from last season.

The Rockets still likely want a backup power forward. Even if Houston does acquire Carmelo Anthony, that position is still a desire for the team. Would Boris Diaw fit that role for the team? He definitely brings veteran leadership and championship experience, but would his play be good enough for the Rockets?


If for nothing else, the Rockets should look to sign Boris Diaw due to his playoff experience. He went to two NBA Finals whenever he was a member of the San Antonio Spurs and was a decent bench player for them.

To a Rockets team that does not have a ton of championship experience, he could be valuable in that area. Though his best playing days are behind him, just being in Houston might help the team. Also, Mike D’Antoni really enjoyed coaching him whenever they were both in Phoenix.

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The all-around big man would be an interesting fit off the bench for the Rockets. He is a streaky shooter who can stretch the floor well some years. However, last season he was pretty bad from outside and only shot 25% from deep. The year before, though, he shot 36% from 3 with the Spurs.

He’s a big body that the Rockets can put out there against teams with multiple good forwards or centers, like the Pelicans. Diaw plays good defense and is a decent rebounder. Does he have enough in the tank to play any minutes for the Rockets?

Says #Jazz could waive Diaw by Saturday. D'Antoni previously mentioned wanting to add a veteran big, and he LOVES Boris. Worth monitoring.

— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) July 12, 2017

Boris Diaw would likely be able to be signed for the veteran’s minimum. As Ben DuBose said in the tweet above, the situation is worth monitoring.

To me, it is worth a shot to sign Diaw if he will take the vet’s minimum. He could be a great piece for the Rockets off the bench, but if he isn’t, then D’Antoni does not have to give him minutes. It’s overall a low risk, high reward situation for Houston.

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