Update 02/20/2014, 4:39 PM CST
Nando De Colo officially tweeted about his trade news.
Thank's to @spurs ! Coaches, Teamates and all Fans... Time for new adventures ;-)— Nando De Colo (@NandoDeColo) February 20, 2014
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to trade Nando De Colo to the Toronto Raptors for Austin Daye.
San Antonio has traded Nando De Colo to the Toronto Raptors for Austin Daye, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Daye, a 6'11" forward, has played in just eight games for the Raptors this season averaging 1.0 points in 4.1 minutes per game. Since coming into the league in the 2009-10 season, Daye has played on four teams: Detroit (twice), Memphis, and Toronto.
Daye, 25, will earn less than De Colo this season per BasketballInsiders.com, at $947,907. He also has a non-guranteed option in his contract next season the Spurs can choose to exercise worth $1,063,384.
In trading for Daye, the Spurs receive a backup small forward for Kawhi Leonard for the remainder of the season. For De Colo, when the full squad comes back to full strength, there's a log jam in the back court which made him a trade-able piece.
Any 6'11" 3/4/5 guy you can get straight up for Nando...well, that pretty much tells you all you need to know about the 6'11" guy.
Disappointed we wouldn't make a better deal. He's a poor defender with worse handles. Not to mention he only weighs 200 lbs at 6'11". That alone will keep him on the bench. Doubt he even plays much. I think this was simply a move to let Nando De Colo go somewhere where he will get PT. He deserves it. I'm sad for Timmy that this FO hasn't done more to surround him with talent on what is likely his last ride.
He has shown in Detroit that he is a good 3pt shooter ( 41%) on 200 attempts? He has handles, can shoot off the dribble and when confident can block shots. Go to You Tube to see what he can do on offense. He is more of a Channing Frye guy. Neither have bodies that can hold position,in the post, but with the second unit, most of the time they try to outscore the other's 2nd unit. He can certainly add this. We could have everyone on the floor able to handle the ball and shoot the 3.
Diaw, MG, MB. Daye, Mills. I say wow ! Who needs D !
I like this trade. Hopefully Nando gets more PT in Toronto. Daye is crazy long and has a nice mid-range jumper, and he went to Gonzaga so he should be able to pick up the system. He might not be a defensive guru, but it's amazing what playing for a good team does for some players (I'm looking at you Diaw). The financials alone make this a good trade. I wouldn't be surprised if he turns into a stud in a year or two. I don't know if any club coaches them up as good as the Spurs do.
I don't know. Daye couldn't crack the rotation in Toronto, of the Leastern Conference. Not a great 3-point shooter, not a great defender. Could be reasonable at both, but would need a lot of work. Might need to be sent down to Austin for some work. Nando was familiar with the Spurs system, but Daye is 6" taller and about $500,000 cheaper. For a team pushing for a championship this year, I don't see him cracking the Spurs playoff rotation. Of course, neither would Nando. The Spurs didn't give up much, but I'm not sure they got much either. I'll reserve judgement.
@jojo707 Im not sure he has the handles tbh. Thats been a known knock on his game..struggles on drives to hoop. But hopefully he can get better there as well. His D is my concern.
@Spursfan66 I don't know. He looks an awful lot like a Davis Bertans to me, but without nearly as much promise. DeShaun Thomas is also doing pretty well for Nanterre in France right now too. I think both of those players have more upside thand Daye, and I don't think Daye is likely to help out this year in the playoffs. I see it as combo salary dump/injury insurance trade for this year, and I doubt he will be around next year.
@MOlsen @Spursfan66Ya, thats why I said could. And I agree that it's unlikely he will be in PO rotation this year. I think it was a good gamble though. It was unlikely Nando was going to stick here too, and frankly I got turned off when NDC whined about playing time last year. I also feel a lot better having an actual forward with size behind KL.
@Spursfan66 @MOlsen I hear you. And I agree the Nando experiment had run it's course, and he just didn't pan out. My admittedly crude understanding of the situation in Toronto was that Daye couldn't guard his own shadow, and Duane Casey wanted guys that could play defense. Daye just can't do it ... perhaps Pop will provide more motivation and urgency to the matter.