He made the announcement in the company of longtime national and NBA mates Ronny Turiaf and Tony Parker ahead of the new French Pro A Basketball League where he featured for Levallois Metropolitan last season.
Born to a Senegalese father in France, Diaw represented Team Africa in the maiden edition of the NBA Africa Game in 2015 and has since spawned two more editions.
The exhibition game which donates all monies received to charitable projects features NBA players with ties to the continent play against NBA players from different parts of the world.
In his extensive NBA career, the 6 foot 9 inch Forward played for Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs. He won the 2014 NBA title with Spurs.
Diaw played in the 2015 NBA Africa Game for Team Africa alongside the likes of fellow Senegalese-French player Nicholas Batum and Ghanaian-American Center Nazr Mohammed.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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