Nando De Colo is officially a Spur

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It’s a name we’ve been familiar with for some time and now we’ll become familiar with the face and the game. Nando De Colo has officially signed a contract with the Spurs. De Colo was a second round pick of the Spurs in 2009 (16 spots behind DeJuan Blair) and has had a decorated career overseas since then playing for Valencia among others.

Contract details were not announced by the team, but a post on the Valenica website mentioned De Colo signing a two-year deal.

De Colo comes to the Spurs with the ability to play both point guard and shooting guard. At 25 years old, I doubt De Colo will spend time in Austin this season. Most likely he’ll play spot minutes at the guard spots as he gets comfortable in the NBA. If and when the catastrophic injury to Manu Ginobili, that has become a yearly tradition since 2008, happens De Colo’s minutes will likely increase. For now, though, I would guess he is at the bottom of the depth charts at the 1 (behind Tony Parker and Patty Mills) and 2 (with Manu, Danny Green and Gary Neal likely ahead).

While my major concern about De Colo in the NBA is his foot speed, if we’ve learned anything over the years it’s to never doubt that savvy, skilled veteran players who join the Spurs from overseas.

  • ThatBigGuy

    Wouldn’t he be 4th at the 1 and 2 because of Gary Neal? Or does his unguaranteed deal keep him on the outside looking in until the Spurs make an official move on his contract?

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Yeah, I thought about that shortly after I posted this but I was already out the door. He is probably fourth in the 2-guard position. That all depends on what happens with Gary Neal, though.

  • ThatBigGuy

    Touche. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen such a deep Spurs roster. Every player, with the exception of the yet unproven De Colo, has at least one defined NBA skill. Also, since everyone has a relatively fair contract, it seems that we are incredibly flexible when it comes to making moves. It’s quite promising.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    It’s exciting, really. While the Spurs may be out of the free agency game for the most part, a trade can realistically happen anytime between now and mid-February.

  • Tyler

    I don’t think many realize just how important that is going forward. The new CBA is going to throw a major wrench in many teams, especially when the luxury tax escalators kick in. IMO, teams with cap flexibility will be able to pick up assets at a major discount.

  • http://twitter.com/TexasIcon anthony

    Have to wait n c wat this Cat can do bu the Spur need to get a big who give dema double double n can give ducan a rest n need to trade bliar or bliar n splitter or bonner to get a big.

  • Philippe Chassaing

    De Colo just killed the Brazil team in the money time yesterday, 2 steals, a great floater and a 3 pointer, and a gorgeous assist for a dunk, when Tony P was struggling a little bit, and France was down a few points in the 4th quarter. No defined skill, but ….

  • ur mom

    learn how to spell

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