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.
So what can Spurs fans expect from Daye? Not much to be honest.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made it clear after practice on Monday that he has currently has no plans for him.
“I haven't been around him long enough to know what his capabilities are,” Popovich said. “But he worked hard today. We threw him in the frying pan, and we'll just see how it goes.”
That isn't discouraging Daye, who says he plans to work hard, even in his limited time on the court.
“Whatever I can do,” Daye said. “It's trying to get on the court, wherever it's at. I just want to prove myself.”
Daye was the 15th pick by the Detroit Pistons in 2009. The Spurs will be his fourth team in five seasons. His best year was the 2010-11 campaign when he averaged 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.
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(Quotes via San Antonio Express-News)