Right before the San Antonio Spurs waived Austin Daye, it almost felt like he was beginning to find his way as an NBA player. On Jan. 10, he scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a huge win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Things were on the upswing.
But one week later he was out of a job. Daye understands why San Antonio did what they did, but he still can’t believe the team let him go.
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.
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All in all, this was never a huge surprise. In two seasons with San Antonio, Daye appeared in just 40 games and shot 36.1 percent from the floor. But he’s only 26 years old, nearly 7 feet tall and has a decent three-point stroke. It wouldn’t be all that unusual if another team gives him a call sooner or later.