The Utah Jazz have waived charismatic veteran big man Boris Diaw.
The Vertical's Shams Charania on Thursday reported that the Jazz have made the move two days before the Frenchman's $7.5 million salary for the 2017-2018 season was to be guaranteed, signaling that they could not find a suitable trade partner for his contract.
The organization announced the move a short time after Charania's report.
With the transaction, Utah has 14 players with guaranteed salary for next season. Raul Neto has a nonguaranteed deal in place worth nearly $1.5 million. Teams can have a maximum of 15 players on their roster.
Prior to Charania's report, Diaw had posted on Instagram a thank you to the Jazz organization and its fans.
In his lone season with Utah after coming from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade last July, the 14-year pro who some call "The Most Interestinig Man in the NBA" thanks to his diverse set of interests outside of basketball averaged 4.6 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 73 games, 33 of which he started at power forward.
His impact was more significant away from the stat sheet, however, as he provided a veteran presence for a Jazz team that went to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
In particular, Diaw's countryman Rudy Gobert often spoke of the appreciation he had for him and on Twitter posted in French his thanks for him.