Boris Diaw waived, will not return to Jazz next season

Veteran forward/center Boris Diaw has been waived and will not return to the Utah Jazz next season, the team announced.

Diaw's $7.5 million salary would have been guaranteed on the July 15 deadline.

Diaw, 35, averaged 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.6 minutes per game as a part-time starter last season and provided valuable leadership and savvy as the Jazz ended a four-year postseason drought by winning 51 games and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

Diaw, a favorite among teammates, has career averages of 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs and Jazz.