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Spurs hold strong lead for Boris Diaw

The San Antonio Spurs have emerged as frontrunners to sign forward Boris Diaw should he clear waivers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Diaw agreed to a buyout with the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and needs to go unclaimed by NBA teams to become a free agent. The deadline for signing free agents to be eligible for the playoffs is Friday, which is when Diaw is expected to pass through waivers.

Diaw, 29, is a versatile, passing forward who fell out of favor with Bobcats coach Paul Silas this season. Despite Diaw starting 28 games for Charlotte, Silas was frustrated with Diaw's unwillingness to be more aggressive in trying to score. Diaw's fitness issues have dogged him throughout his career, but he's still shown an ability to be a productive offensive player.

The Spurs are still waiting on work visa issues to sign Australian point guard Patty Mills to a contract.

San Antonio is 29-14, owners of the second-best record in the Western Conference. The Spurs trail Oklahoma City by 3.5 games for the top seed in the West.

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