Across the forum there have been several people calling for the Front Office to trade Diaw now we have Tyrus Thomas on a starter’s contract. I think if Diaw was traded no one would argue with it or say they never saw it coming, considering he was almost traded to Toronto. However if Diaw was not moved before the start of the season there would be some benefits.
Throughout Diaw’s career, he has always been one of the most versatile players in the NBA and can quite literally play any position. I’m not saying Diaw is anywhere near as effective playing PG as he is playing PF but if there was a shortage on the roster at any position after the DUST chip (Erick Dampier) has been traded/waived then this could benefit the team and save some head scratching.
As the Bobcats stand we have 3 Point Guards and 3 centres (including Dampier if we re-sign him) which very few in the NBA would call starter material. Last year one of LB’s favourite and most successful line-ups was going small with Diaw playing centre. Due to Diaw’s above average ball handling skills this could also help with our unproven guards, take some of the pressure off them, and let them develop more freely.
Diaw has been the bobcats’ roster for a long time (in bobcat’s world where time passes at twice the speed as the rest of the NBA). He knows the coach, the players and the system. if a large trade did go down Larry Brown would have to teach half the roster the plays again which I’m not saying is a bad thing as the trade may bring the pieces we need, however it would be an inconvenience.
I recently found this quote by Boris Diaw after France’s recent loss to Canada ““They played more aggressive than us,” Many bobcats fans were annoyed at Diaw’s nonchalant attitude and lack of enthusiasm. I do not know if this is an American term but maybe…Hopefully the “penny has dropped” (if not just ask)
I am not saying I want Diaw to stay or I want him to be traded, I try to look at everything the bobcats do and find the positives, you have no choice as a bobcats fan!, I see this as a win/win situation; if Diaw goes then we get some new pieces to add to the team, hopefully some good ones. If Diaw stays then as I said in the above there could be some positives.