Spurs Land Guard Ray McCallum in Trade with Kings; How Will He Help?

By George Middleton

Apr 8, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Sacramento Kings guard

Ray McCallum

(3) dribbles the ball past Utah Jazz guard

Dante Exum

(11) and looks to the basket during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought the San Antonio Spurs were done making moves, they finalize another one.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Spurs traded a future second-round pick to Sacramento for Ray McCallum. The 24-year old guard has spent his two seasons with the Kings.

Last year McCallum averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 assists. In 30 games as a starter, his numbers jumped up to 11.2 points and 4.3 assists. McCallum was a nice replacement for the injured Darren Collison. As a starter he shot 45 percent from the field and only committed 1.7 turnovers.

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It appears that McCallum will take Cory Joseph‘s role. Both have similar body types and a similar game. McCallum is 6″3 and weighs 190-pounds, just like Joseph. McCallum is at his best attacking the basket, like Joseph. Both struggle to shoot the ball from deep. McCallum made 31 percent of his threes last year and Joseph only made 16 long-range attempts.

For the Spurs to only lose a future second-rounder for a guard with potential, it seems like a steal. McCallum will bring athleticism and youth to the Spurs.

McCallum’s game certainly complements Patty Mills off the bench. McCallum can drive in and kick it out to Mills, who excels by moving off the ball. McCallum can also defend some shooting guards, which will make him a valuable asset to a deep Spurs team.

The Spurs keep on getting better, what an offseason!