Months after he was cut, Austin Daye is still not over the San Antonio Spurs letting him go, according to Fox Sports. This season with the team, he averaged four points a game in ten minutes while shooting 35 percent from the field.
As a six-foot-eleven body who showed flashes of brilliance from beyond the arc. The Spurs perhaps were looking for a long term replacement for the Matt Bonner (perhaps a quicker, more agile version), the fan-favorite who has been stretching the floor for the team for a while now. However, while Daye put up some big numbers on rare occasions, he was never able to reach the level of efficiency the Spurs demand from their three point shooters.
Still, Daye was an intriguing enough project for the Spurs for two years, and fans may get the feeling that just when they were able to enjoy some solid production from him, they gave up on him.
“I guess that’s kind of how they do business. They like to have that 15th (roster) spot open for free agency and people who get waived. I was pretty surprised, but I stayed professional. When I got my opportunities I played well. It is what it is. It’s the NBA. It’s not friendly.”- Austin Daye
But in the front office’s defense, the Gonzaga product wasn’t developing at the rate this franchise expects from their raw talents. The Spurs brand of basketball relies just as much as on making the best out of it’s employees as it does fundamental defense and extra passes, and in comparison to the improvements seen in recent newcomers such as Danny Green, Boris Diaw and low profile rookies such as Cory Joseph and Aron Baynes, Austin Daye made little progress.
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Looking forward for Daye, its very possible that he’ll find a spot with another franchise. He may be well-advised to add some weight to him, as his combination of quickness and size doesn’t serve him well enough at this level to be of real value to a team. He’s already shown himself to be capable on the boards and a reliable shot defender, two attributes that could make him a solid stretch four somewhere down the road.
The Spurs, meanwhile, moved in another direction with the signing of Reggie Williams as his replacement. Williams is likely another project for Popovich and crew, as he is a slumping three point marksman who was previously one of the NBA’s best shooters.