France hopes to end Diaw dispute

Jul 30, 2007 - 1:18 PM By Steve Douglas Special to PA Sportsticker

DIVONNE-LES-BAINS, France (Ticker) -- France is hoping its dispute with the Phoenix Suns over the availability of Boris Diaw for upcoming EuroBasket will be settled by the end of this week.

The NBA team has refused to allow Diaw to train with his national squad until he has an insurance policy which would absolve the Suns of liability in the event of him aggravating his troublesome back injury.

France is in negotiations with the Suns, and is desperate to find a middle ground as soon as possible.

"We don't want to put a finishing date, but we don't envisage this lasting longer than this week," France team director Patrick Beesley said.

"The papers have been passed on, and we are waiting for them to come back."

Diaw, a 25-year-old forward, was forced to miss Les Bleus' friendly win over Switzerland on Saturday.

The 6-8 Diaw is a key player for his country, and was one of the main factors behind Claude Bergeaud's men finishing fifth in last year's FIBA World Championship in Japan. Les Bleus' next warmup match is against Belgium in Aix-les-Bains on Saturday.

EuroBasket begins on September 3 in Spain.

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