Spurs recall Daye

The San Antonio Spurs recalled Austin Daye from the D-League after his one-game stint with the Austin Toros.

Daye finished with a double-double (27 points, 13 rebounds) in the Toros’ 15-point loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last night.

Daye will be available against the Utah Jazz tonight, though he may be inactive if the Spurs decide to play with a full roster.

Spurs assign Daye to Toros

The San Antonio Spurs assigned forward Austin Daye to the Austin Toros.

Daye will be available against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Daye, acquired in a trade on Feb. 20 for Nando De Colo, appeared in two games with the Spurs. In his three minutes, Daye shot 66.7 percent from the field with a 86.4 Player Efficiency Rating.

With the Spurs at maximum health, and the roster at full occupancy, Daye will have ample time to play with the Toros in the meantime. There will be better Dayes (sorry).

Malcolm Thomas Waived by Spurs, Signs with Jazz

After being waived by the San Antonio Spurs, power forward Malcolm Thomas has been picked up off waivers by the Utah Jazz. Team-less just over two days, Yahoo! Sports reported Thomas’ signing on Saturday.

Thomas went undrafted in 2011 after playing collegiately at San Diego State. Only 25 years old, Thomas has already had a journeyman career:  D-League, international ball and short NBA stints with the Spurs, Warriors and Bulls.

The Spurs signed Thomas in December before waiving him last week. He played well for the Los Angeles D-Fenders before being called up, even making an appearance for San Antonio in last Sunday’s game against Milwaukee. He scored two points, grabbed nine boards and two blocks.

But San Antonio dropped him to pick up a fellow D-Leaguer in Othyus Jeffers. Jeffers is a small forward, and due to injuries of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs needed depth at the 3.

Jeffers is signed to a 10-day contract.

Spurs recall Thomas

AUSTIN – The San Antonio Spurs recalled Malcolm Thomas from the Austin Toros.

Thomas is averaging 15.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, three assists and 2.4 blocks this season. Thomas has not played in a NBA game since May 5, 2013.

The Spurs will be missing Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and Tony Parker tonight, leaving them with 12 active players. Thomas could potentially sneak in some low-leverage minutes.

The Toros are 11.5 points per 100 possessions better when Thomas is on the floor.

De Colo discusses D-League transition with D-League Digest

Nando De Colo, whose best-case scenario was Beno Udrih according to Draft Express, signed with the San Antonio Spurs last year.

The 6-5 point guard flashed some next-level awareness in the pick-and-roll — the bread-and-butter of every NBA offense — but he was supplanted by Patty Mills and Cory Joseph in the rotation. De Colo didn’t stick in the NBA very long, because he couldn’t defend any position, and he turned the ball over on a fourth of his possessions.

He sat down with D-League Digest to discuss his transition to the D-League, where he’s appeared in eight games this season.

Via D-League Digest:

I think the offense with the Toros fits my game, and the plays are similar to what we run with the Spurs,” De Colo said. “I enjoy playing with the Toros because it’s a good team with good teammates.”

The Austin Toros have climbed to second in points per possession, behind the top-seeded Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and they’ve won seven of the eight games De Colo has started this year. The Toros are 32.4 points (per 100 possessions) better with De Colo on the floor, with a 58.7 effective field goal percentage, a shooting efficiency that would lead the D-League.

What we have with the Spurs is more or less the same as what we have with the Toros, everyone is a team player,” De Colo said. “Every player is great on the court, but even better off the court. I think this is why San Antonio is such a great organization.”

De Colo is averaging 23.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.8 steals in 37.2 minutes. He needs two games to qualify for the D-League scoring leaderboard; he’s only scoring less points per game than Pierre Jackson, Manny Harris, Devin Ebanks and Troy Daniels. De Colo, who has barely made a dent in the NBA while decimating his D-League opposition, contends there is several NBA caliber players in the D-League.

There is a difference between the NBA and the D-League, but sometimes you can find a guy like Ricky Davis in the D-League, who is an experienced NBA player and still very good,” De Colo said. “You never know what kind of matchup you’ll find in the D-League.”

Spurs recall De Colo

AUSTIN – The San Antonio Spurs recalled Nando De Colo from the Austin Toros.

De Colo, in his fifth D-League assignment, averaged 23 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists — in line with his D-League averages this season (23.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.8 steals). De Colo needs two games to qualify for the scoring leaderboard. He’d be fifth in scoring, if he qualified today.

The Toros are 7-1 when De Colo starts this season.

Spurs assign De Colo to Toros

The San Antonio Spurs assigned Nando De Colo to the Austin Toros for the sixth time this season.

De Colo will be available against the Erie Bayhawks tonight at the 2014 NBA D-League Showcase. Tip-off is scheduled at 5:30 p.m CST in Reno, Nevada.

De Colo averaged 24.6 points, 6.6 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 rebounds in his previous five games.

For more, here’s the Erie Bayhawks scouting report:

Spurs recall De Colo

AUSTIN – The San Antonio Spurs recalled Nando De Colo from their NBA Developmental Affiliate, the Austin Toros.

De Colo scored 21 points, along with seven assists, five rebounds and four steals, in the Toros’ 25-point victory against the Texas Legends yesterday. His scoring average dropped to 24.6.

Malcolm Thomas remains with the Toros for the second leg of a double-header against the Legends.

The Toros are 6-4 in their last 10 games. They are five games behind the Central Division leader, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Spurs assign De Colo, Thomas to Toros

AUSTIN – The San Antonio Spurs assigned Nando De Colo and Malcolm Thomas to the Austin Toros today.

This is the fifth time the Spurs have assigned De Colo to their D-League affiliate, with each being a one-game stint. He averaged 25.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.3 steals in his previous four contests.

Thomas, who was inactive last night with a “concussion issue” according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, has not played a minute with the Spurs this season. Thomas is averaging 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.3 blocks in the D-League.

De Colo and Thomas are available for tonight’s game against the Texas Legends.

Spurs recall De Colo, Thomas

Austin, Texas — The San Antonio Spurs have recalled Nando De Colo and Malcolm Thomas from the Austin Toros after their one-game stints against the Tulsa 66ers.

Thomas did not score in the Toros’ 96-93 victory, and De Colo tallied 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, pedestrian numbers for De Colo, who has blitzed his D-League opponents to the tune of 25.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.3 steals in four games this seasons.

Thomas is averaging 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.3 blocks in four games.

The Spurs will presumably continue this trend — sending De Colo and Thomas to the Toros for a D-League tune up, when Austin is at home — since De Colo and Thomas have combined for just 80 NBA minutes this season, and the Spurs do not have any players they can excise from the rotation, at the moment, to free minutes for them.