Posted Jun 21 2011 4:06PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw has exercised his player option for next season that will pay him $9 million.
Agent Doug Neustadt said Tuesday they informed the Bobcats of the decision earlier this week.
Diaw said after the season that with the potential labor uncertainty this summer, it was a "no-brainer" to pick up the option and avoid becoming a free agent until 2012.
The move comes after owner Michael Jordan criticized Diaw's play in the 2010-11 season. Diaw, who was nearly traded twice last season, could be a potential target to be moved as Jordan seeks to revamp Charlotte's roster.
The 29-year-old Diaw averaged 11.3 point and 5 rebounds last season.
Anderson Varejao fights for the rebound and comes down awkwardly on his left leg and would sustain a leg injury.
|Sounds Of The Game|
Get the all-access look into the NBA in this week's edition of Sounds Of The Game.
|December 23rd: The Daily Zap|
Rundown all the action from an 11-game night in the NBA.
|Lillard and Westbrook Battle|
Check out the highlights from Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook as they battle in OKC.
|December 23rd: Top Ten|
Count down the top 10 plays from Tuesday night.