Nando De Colo coming stateside as well?
Apparently Nando De Colo is in San Antonio today to have a physical with the Spurs medical staff as a part of contract negotiations with the club (H/T SpursTalk). De Colo was a second round pick of the Spurs in 2009 and is a teammate of Tony Parker and Boris Diaw on the French National Team.
If this news is accurate, it’s likely that we’ll be seeing De Colo in training camp with the Spurs. Because of his French National Team commitment, we won’t be seeing Nando in the Summer League no matter when the contract issues are resolved. France’s first game of the London Olympics (against the USA) on July 29 is just a week after the Vegas Summer League wraps up.
Like Erazem Lorbek, I’ve only seen limited amounts of De Colo in Europe. He should be able to slide into whatever role the Spurs have for him offensively fairly easily. As we saw with Diaw, the French players have some familiarity with the Spurs offensive sets. My question is whether or not De Colo can hang in the NBA defensively.
Like many players on the Spurs roster, De Colo is a shooting guard who can play some point guard if needed. He’s a bit undersized as a 2-guard, standing 6’5″, but the real problem is his speed. From what I’ve seen of De Colo, his foot speed is bad. He can’t defend point guards in the NBA, and I’m concerned that he doesn’t have the quickness to keep up with 2-guards either.
Varner mentioned in his free agency post yesterday that he thinks the Spurs have a need to continue to play to their offensive strengths and, to me, bringing in Nando De Colo fits that bill. He won’t help the Spurs improve their defense, but he may be one of San Antonio’s best free agent options considering their cap constraints.