It is very rare that a NBA player wants to get traded, but for 6-foot-11 forward Austin Daye that is what he was wishing for during last Thursday's trade deadline. His wish came true a little after 3 p.m. when he got a call from his agent, who informed him he had been traded to the Spurs. So how happy was Daye?
“I screamed into my pillow, I was so happy,” Daye said.
The San Antonio Spurs traded guard Nando De Colo to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Daye, who rarely saw the floor because of DeMar DeRozan and John Salmons playing at a high level.no comments
Danny Granger, small forward
2013-14 averages: 22.5 minutes, 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 35.9 FG%
Advanced: 10.4 PER, 98 OffRtg, 99 DefRtg, 1.2 win shares, .090 WS/48 minutes
Granger, 30, oscillated from a top-five scorer -- in 2008-09, Granger averaged 25.8 points per game for the 36-46 Indiana Pacers, who missed the playoff cut by three games -- to sparingly utilized jack-of-all-trades bench scorer in just five years. Granger turns 31 in April and time hasn't been forgiving; he's regressed in every major statistical category this season. Paul George's maturation into one of the best two-way forwards in the NBA made Granger, a slight minus on defense and inefficient scorer, expendable.
But Granger can still be an asset for a team like the San Antonio Spurs. He takes the majority of his shots from the restricted area, mid-range and above-the-break -- locations where he's below-average -- but he doesn't use up a massive amount of possessions and, most importantly, he can slide to small forward to give Kawhi a breather, allowing Danny Green, Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili to defend their natural positions.
While many San Antonio Spurs fans are dreading the day Tim Duncan retires from the NBA, Tony Parker might be already thinking of how he will leave the game of international basketball.
And according to TP, it might be after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.no comments
• Parker back in shape | BFMTV (via translation)
On his recent TP Show on RMC, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker updated listeners on the status of his health. Parker said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich elected to rest him after the All-Star break since the team didn't have a heavy schedule. Parker says he is now back in shape. His rehab regiment has consisted of rest, massages and ice packs to heal any inflammation. Parker said that despite the orders to rest by Popovich, he chose to travel with the team to advise the team and his understudies, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph.
Parker said the team should finally be back to 100 percent soon, and while the Spurs have yet to play the best basketball of the season yet, they look forward to battling with the Oklahoma City Thunder for first place in the conference until the end of the season.
• Boris Diaw chat | Twitter
According to a status update on Boris Diaw's Facebook page, he'll be having a Q&A session on Twitter at 3 p.m. CST on Saturday. You can follow along and ask question's through Diaw's Twitter handle, @theborisdiaw.no comments
When you have a streak of making the playoffs for fifteen straight seasons, a coach is able to take a few liberties that your typical NBA head coach may not take.
One example would be sending your three best players home to rest before a nationally televised game with the defending champions and still almost win the game with your backups. Such is the situation the San Antonio Spurs find themselves in as Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan enter their eleventh season comprising the core of the team.no comments
On this episode of the Project Spurs-News 4 SA San Antonio Spurs Rountable, Jeff Garcia and Aaron Preine discuss the second half of the Spurs season. From the top-seed in the West to player rest, the panel talks about what to expect from San Antonio as the postseason inches closer.
Also on the show, the duo talks about the Nando De Colo-Austin Daye trade and recap the Rodeo Road Trip.
All this and much more on this episode of the Spurs Roundtable.
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili has been battling injured throughout the season and recently saw time on the court in the Spurs recent loss to the Suns.
Yet despite fighting the injury bug, Manu may still play with Team Argentina this summer at the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.no comments
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting the San Antonio Spurs are going to wait and explore the growing free agent pool of buy-out players before deciding to sign Shannon Brown to a full season contract.
Spurs monitoring buyout market before choice on re-signing Shannon Brown, sources tell Y! Brown wants to stay but interest exists elsewhere.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 22, 2014
As Wojnarowski mentions, with this decision, there's a chance Brown could be signed by another team. There's already been reports of the Spurs being interested in Glen Davis, as well as reports of the team being interested in Danny Granger if he reaches a buy-out agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs are known for finding the best foregin basketball talent in the NBA but the team also sets eyes on coaching as well.
Croatian coach Neven Spahija is headed to the Spurs to spend time with the team.no comments