The San Antonio Spurs have never been a team to incredibly active at the NBA Trade Deadline. They are more often than not content to stand pat and keep putting in work with what they have. Given their prolonged success, it’s hard to argue with their logic. However, they did make one move right at the buzzer this year.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Spurs and the Toronto Raptors agreed to a deal that will send guard Nando de Colo north of the border in exchange for forward Austin Daye.
In his second year with the Spurs and in the league, de Colo has seen his role diminish a great deal, largely due to the progression of fellow point guard Patty Mills. De Colo has played in only 26 games this season and has averaged only 4.3 points and 1.2 assists in 11.6 minutes per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and a meager 32.3 percent from long-range. Adding him to the Raptors seems rather inconsequential to the Raptors, who are set with Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez at the position.
The intriguing piece in this deal is Daye. He’s played in only eight games this season for the Raptors and has seen the floor for only 4.1 minutes per game in those limited appearances. Over his 4.5 years in the league, Daye has shown his limitations offensively while also not being a great defender and not rebounding well for his size and attributes. Basically, he’s the kind of player that the Spurs bring in and watch enjoy a career-year under Gregg Popovich.
Obviously there’s no guarantee that Daye will give the Spurs anything, but the chance of him finding his niche in San Antonio is certainly more likely than probably anywhere else in the league. We’ll see if this deal pans out for Daye and the Spurs or if it’s actually the buzz-less move that it appears to be on the surface.