Mar 2, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Boris Diaw (32) shoots against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at the AT&T Center. The Spurs won 102-72. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

Watch your croissants! Boris Diaw is on the loose.

Former Suns forward Boris Diaw was bought out and released from the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this week. Head Coach Paul Silas' parting words about Diaw's work ethic rang quite a bell for Suns fans.

"I think if he had played all out, the way he should have, it would have been a much, much better club," Silas said, when asked why Diaw has fallen out of the rotation entirely.

"I like a player who is really committed to not only the team but to himself and then doing the best he can as a player," Silas said. "Some of the things that would go on, like not shooting the ball (and) passing all of the time... I needed hoops and he could put the ball in the hoop. When that wouldn't happen it was very disturbing."

Sound familiar? Thought so. Who would want a guy like that on their team?

Yet the Dallas Mavericks might be salivating at adding Diaw, after releasing Sean Williams today in a surprise move. And San Antonio Spurs are rumored to be the leaders to sign Diaw. Paul Coro of the Republic comments that the Suns are a consideration, but that Diaw might want a bigger role on another (winning) team.

Diaw is available for the prorated veteran's minimum. Anything OVER that will be paid by Charlotte as part of his buyout agreement.

As much as we grunt at the memories of unfulfilled potential, Boris Diaw would represent the 2nd or 3rd most-talented player on this current Suns' squad. When he played for the Suns under the D'Antoni/Nash-led regime, he was a special, unique player. And when he was playing to prove himself, he was a borderline all-star.

Check his stats in periods of time immediately following a trade:

Phoenix, 2005-06, after being traded from Atlanta.

And then the second half of the 2008-09, after his banishment to Charlotte during the Porter/Kerr fiasco that brought back Richardson and Dudley.

And don't forget to notice the forgettable seasons in between.

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You can be sure that Diaw will decide to be a force for anyone who signs him this week, for at least this season.

But is it worth benching Morris?

Can he play next to Gortat/Lopez effectively (he's never played well with a center)?

Would he REALLY play well this season? Or is he really too fat and too much of an ass?

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The Orlando Magic showed what an NBA team can do when left wide open for 48 minutes in a 103-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night in Orlando. The Magic hit 11-of-23 from beyond the arc,...

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But hey, at least JD got another dunk! That's something, right? Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

So much for that bad team from January being permanently in the rear-view mirror. Tonight the Suns' starters barely showed up, and the Orlando Magic rolled to one of their easiest victories of the season, a 103-93 victory that was not nearly as close as the final score appeared.

The Suns allowed one-man-wrecking crew Dwight Howard to dominate the paint for 28 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks while AT THE SAME TIME leaving shooter Ryan Anderson open for 7 "made" 3-pointers, 2 driving layups and 2 stupid "and-3" fouls.

How do you give up both of those worst-case outcomes in the same game? Maybe it's from playing 6 games in only 8 days. In the last 2 games, both losses, the Suns starters scored only 18 points and 14 points respectively in the second halves. That's not just one guy with 18 and 14 second-half points in two games. That's the whole starting unit of the Suns' 5 best players doing this!

That's not gonna get it done.

On the bright side? Robin Lopez collected 14 points and 8 boards in only 22 minutes. Sebastian Telfair played well again, with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. And Shannon Brown had 10 points as well. They, along with the other benchies, pulled the game within 11 points late in the fourth, forcing the Magic to put their starters back in to seal the win.


Get mean, Marcin!  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Or they just need to pull something out of their whatsits.

Come on Suns! Play hard!


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