With his team's depth this season, Nando De Colo hasn't seen much playing time with the San Antonio Spurs.
With the lack of playing time, the team has sent him to the Austin Toros, owned by the Spurs organization, to see time on the court and keep sharp if his services are needed during a long NBA season. While De Colo's services haven't been on high demand from the silver and black, there is a team out there that's interested in his services.
According to Spanish site Encentado, Turkish club Fenerbahce has reportedly been looking to acquire Nando after an unimpressive season so far.
They apparently have the money to go after any free agent they want and one of their main priorities is a combo guard. De Colo's ability was one of the reasons why he was an attractive signing for the Spurs, although his skills have not translated to the NBA.
Despite Nando's lack of playing time, the Spurs are balking at the idea of letting De Colo go overseas and terminating his contract according to Encestando and the primary person behind that is said to be head coach Gregg Popovich.
With an average of 6.8mpg in 13 games played, you might have thought he would've been granted the opportunity to play on a team that not only will give him playing time but is aggressively pursuing him. The Spurs also have plenty of depth at both guard positions with the majority of the minutes going to Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, and Marco Belinelli.
It is interesting the Spurs are refusing to give up Nando unless they're working on a deal for him for the trade deadline where the Spurs may be looking to upgrade their roster. What do you think Spurs fans? Should the team let Nando go or might he see playing time this season?
@quixem That would suck, simply because it's so fun to make fun of Nando.
@quixem but then who will find the spurs taxi cabs in Mexico?
They should let him go or trade him. SA is stacked at PG, Nando's natural position. I couldn't believe that Pop still thinks he has something to contribute with the small amount of playing time he gets. His contract is done at the end of the year and I can't imagine him resigning with what he was saying this summer. Continuity is the only reason to keep him, but does that really matter for your 3rd string PG/SG?
@SpursTalk1 I'm done with the Spurs if it happens. Nando completes me.
@blanchardJRB ah, good catch. That's a facet of De Colo's game that is hard to replace. Maybe Patty Mills can pitch in?
Important, re: De Colo possibly leaving. RT @blanchardJRB: but then who will find the spurs taxi cabs in Mexico?
@quixem That's how I feel about Patty Mills.
@quixem he's too busy breaking the Patty Mills shot count this season.
@steflamas so no jokes should be made ever?
@steflamas the only person who sees racism in this, is someone searching the Internet for racist tweets.
@steflamas (2/2) 1st conclusion you should jump to.
@blanchardJRB it shouldn't be made.
@steflamas and, respectfully, it's not that racism shouldn't be brought to public discussion--it's just that it's not always the (1/2)
@blanchardJRB I'm aware of this. I still don't think that joke was necessary. As they say - if it needs to be justified and explained,
@steflamas Don't need to hash this out privately in email when a quick run through of your RTs and mentions shows you look for these things
@steflamas in which Nando jokes not to worry about being left, he found a cab.
@blanchardJRB how about this - first explain the mechanics of the joke and then explain to me why it was necessary and we can go from there.
@steflamas when in fact the long string of Nando jokes by numerous spurs writers have been made due to his position in the rotation.
@steflamas you assume the joke is based on race. Ignoring that Nando is white (like me) and French, as is the last name Blanchard.
@blanchardJRB I'd also be happy to give you my email address so we can engage in a holistic dialogue about why I find that problematic.
@blanchardJRB let's take this to DM.
@steflamas it's not racist in the slightest. Explain how.
@blanchardJRB Yep. Why was a joke like that necessary? If it's an inside joke, please keep it to DM.