The San Antonio Spurs announced Sunday morning that they have assigned center Aron Baynes and guard Nando De Colo to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Both players are eligible to play per the team statement in the Toros' home-opener Sunday against the Delaware 87ers.
Through 10 games this season, Baynes is averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game.
In six games this season, De Colo is averaging 2.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 9.0 minutes per game.
In the Spurs' most recent games, each player has swapped roles as being the player who sits behind the bench in a suit whenever the entire team is at full strength. In four of the Spurs' five opening games of the season, Baynes was given the chance to be one of the first big men coming off the bench while Matt Bonner was injured and before Jeff Ayers was more acclimated to the system. Baynes however didn't make the most of his opportunity as he shot 3-of-15 during the first five games. Since then, Baynes has got spotted minutes during blow outs.
For De Colo, all season he's been the fourth string backup point guard and shooting guard. The goal over the summer was to put him in a shooting guard sixth man role, but he didn't have a productive performance in the Las Vegas Summer League. Through 17 games in this season, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, and Marco Belinelli have begun to establish themselves as the backup unit on the Spurs' bench. Even Cory Joseph is getting spare playing time on the occasional night.
With the Spurs having an off-day Sunday, it will be interesting to see if both players will be back with San Antonio on Monday against the Atlanta Hawks or if they'll stay in Austin to develop.