Remember a few weeks back when Gregg Popovich said he was worried about Spurs forward Boris Diaw gaining weight? Turns out the Spurs management team shares the same concern, which is a reasonable one given Diaw’s weight problems in the past.
The Spurs are so concerned about Diaw putting on pounds that they are willing to pay him not to get fat. The Spurs included a “weight clause” in Diaw’s contract that rewards him with $500,000 in bonuses annually if he stays under 254 pounds.
Here, per ESPN’s Amin Elhassan, is how the clause works. Each season, Diaw gets:
• $150,000 for weighing less than or equal to 254 pounds on Oct. 25
• $150,000 for weighing less than or equal to 254 pounds on the first Tuesday after the All-Star Game
• $200,000 for weighing less than or equal to 254 pounds on April 1
This is a smart and creative move on the Spurs’ behalf. Diaw is a proven dynamic player when he’s in shape, but that has been a career-long struggle for the 32-year-old Frenchman. There’s nothing quite like $500,000 a year to help a guy keep the pounds off.