When a player requests a trade from the team they’re playing on, it is usually because they are not happy with their current situation. After the trade goes through, the player who requested the trade is usually happier with his new team and has a better role than they did before.
But then there is the case of Nando De Colo, who was traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Austin Daye.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told the media before a recent game that De Colo’s request to be traded is what made San Antonio put together the last minute deal for Daye. We may never know what De Colo’s situation in the Spurs locker room was, but he clearly was not happy being in San Antonio.
Last season the San Antonio Express-News reported De Colo was unhappy about the lack of playing time he was getting.
Speaking to French newspaper La Voix Du Nord, the point guard said:
“I played 10-15 minutes behind Tony (Parker). Then I found myself more on the bench than on the (court). I played the first round against the Lakers, but in the end rotation when the game was won. Already, it was not easy. And the Golden State series, you’re in a suit, that’s (disappointing).”
De Colo sat on the bench most of his time in San Antonio, and it seems that he is doing more of the same north of the border in Toronto.
In the Raptors’ triple overtime game against the Washington Wizards, De Colo played just 21 seconds. Since the trade, he has averaged just 1.7 minutes per game with an average of 0.7 points per game. That is just slightly lower than the 3.8 points per game he averaged last season with the Spurs.
It is very rare for a player to ask to be traded from a team that is going to be making a push for a fifth NBA Championship, but then again maybe winning is not everything to De Colo.