Spurs trade Nando De Colo to Toronto Raptors for Austin Daye
The San Antonio Spurs have traded point guard Nando De Colo to the Toronto Raptors for Austin Daye, jumping out of nowhere at the very last second to pull the trigger as the trade deadline passed, Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
With Tony Parker, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph, San Antonio had a glut of point guards and too few minutes to find time for all of them, and they lacked a presence behind Kawhi Leonard at the small forward position. Well, they’ve done at least a little bit to rectify that situation.
Daye is a 6-foot-11, 200-pound, rail-thin combo forward with decent range — he’s a 35 percent 3-point shooter for his career — and a ton of length. But don’t be mistaken, he too is a fringe player. Still, he’s the kind of body the Spurs definitely need, and he’ll provide depth down the stretch for those moments San Antonio must go without Leonard, Danny Green, Marco Belinelli or Manu Ginobili.
He’s on the hook for less than $1 million this season and has a non-guaranteed contract for next year. This move was made simply to tidy of the rotation situation and give the Spurs depth where they need it most. Daye, out of Gonzaga, is only 25 years old, so there’s room to grow both physically and as a player.
This was absolutely out of the blue, as the deadline came and went without a peep. But the Spurs were able to pull it off as the clock struck 12, and overall it’s a fine move for what San Antonio needs. Don’t expect a ton of contribution at this point, but it’s a decent transaction, nevertheless.
By the way: The Indiana Pacers have traded Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner; Philly is expected to buy-out Granger’s contract, making him a free agent. Hello, San Antonio?