To make room for Pau Gasol, the San Antonio Spurs dealt center Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz and received the rights to former second-round pick, Olivier Hanlan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Diaw, 34, has been with the Spurs since 2012 and became one of Gregg Popovich’s favorite players. The 6-8 forward played in 76 games for San Antonio this past season and averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 18.2 minutes per game. He didn’t have a huge role with the Spurs, but Diaw was able to get minutes because of his ability and willingness to pass, along with being a reliable shooter from outside. It’s possible he sees the same amount of minutes in Utah, but the most valuable asset he brings to the team is his leadership, along with his championship pedigree.
He won a title with the Spurs back in 2014, and when he arrives in Utah, his 13 years of experience will make him the most tenured player on the roster.
Olivier Hanlan, a 6-4 athlete, is a 23-year-old shooting guard who spent last season in Lithuania. Before that, he spent three years at Boston College, and was a deadly scorer, leading the ACC in points per game in 2014-15 with 19.5. He was drafted as the 42nd overall pick by the Jazz before going overseas.
For BC Zalgiris, Hanlan appeared in 62 games and averaged 7.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and knocked down 38 percent of his threes.
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