5 San Antonio Spurs Who Are Happy The Trade Deadline Is Over
5 San Antonio Spurs' Glad Trade Week Is Over
The NBA trade deadline week has come to an end but not without some intriguing moves on behalf of some major contenders. The San Antonio Spurs made a move that most did not see coming and probably had some of their players questioning their future in the Alamo City.
The Spurs being such a private and personal organization, were able to quietly pick up forward Austin Daye from the Toronto Raptors. The acquisition may not make much sense to the average fan but the genius of Gregg Popovich has yet to be revealed behind this move.
Heading into the trade deadline, there were rumors that the Spurs were looking to deal players with teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks. If you pay close attention, there were no situations in which the Spurs were willing to trade to a Western Conference opponent. This could likely indicate that the Spurs believed the pieces that they have are dangerous enough to give their peers the upper hand in future conference playoff meetings.
As it stands, San Antonio sits second in the West with a record of 40-16. Their 22-8 road record is an NBA best and the emergence of Patty Mills has tremendously increased success, even with the absence of Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. It does not seem like a coincidence that Mills stepped up his game as the trade deadline approached, solidifying his spot on the team.
As Mills ascends to a notable status, which Spurs' players digressed and were in fear of getting the boot from the organization? Let's take a peek.
4. Matt Bonner
In his eighth season with the Spurs' organization, Matt Bonner is averaging 3.3 points per game while shooting a consistent 44.7 percent from beyond the arc. Some would believe that Bonner was an optional piece that the could be spared.
3. Jeff Ayres
Jeff Ayres is the young workhorse for the Spurs. In his first season in San Antonio, Ayres has been thrown into the fire due to injuries and has done a decent job. He averages 3.1 points per game to go with 3.5 rebounds. But his youth and inexperience made him a possible trade target.
2. Shannon Brown
The recently acquired free agent, Shannon Brown, has tried to make San Antonio his new home. He signed his second 10-day contract on February 13, and had only seen action in nine games prior to the trade deadline. His current temporary position would cause most to assume he was on the trading block.
1. Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes averages 9.4 minutes per game, the least amount of playing minutes of any active Spurs' player. His lack of relevance and impact on the the offensive or defensive end would make him the easiest asset to part with for the organization.