And so the timeless question has been answered. Yes, Austin Daye does have trade value, apparently.

UPDATE (3:20 PM)

Here’s the scoop on Nando de Colo. He’s a 6’5 combo guard who can handle the ball and sink open three-pointers at a respectable clip. He’s slated to earn $1.46 million this season, and he will be an unrestricted free-agent this offseason. He’ll probably split minutes at third-string point guard, and backup shooting guard.

With de Colo on board, the Raptors now have three capable ball-handlers off the bench. Austin Daye hasn’t seen the floor since Prince was on Apollonia, so good on Ujiri to turn dead fodder into potentially semi-conscious fodder.

More importantly, the passing of the trade deadline means Kyle Lowry will remain a Raptor for the remainder of the season, before becoming an unrestricted free-agent this offseason.

  • Adrian

    Solid Deal. I actually consider it a steal.

  • FREEJV

    2014 eastern conference champions: Toronto Raptors

  • database_666

    great trade – I watched this guy in the last couple of games, he broke his nose and had to wear a mask ( i know, another mask on the team), but he goes to the basket, mask or not, that’s for sure!

  • Skip2MyLou

    1M more cap room this summer for Lowry and Patterson…

  • Nerius

    I think de Colo is at least decent. Maybe gonna even see some minutes.

  • FREEJV

    5 point guards … what are we doing lol…..

    • Dr.Scooby

      imagine: Casey playing 5 pgs…at the same time!!!

      • FREEJV

        he probably will last game of the year

        • Will

          That would be hilarious. Start Lowry, Vasquez, de Colo, Buycks, and Stone. And then for the second half, start JV, Amir, Hansbrough, Patterson, and Hayes.

          • jjdynomite

            On the sideline Stone actually looks taller than Hayes, so he can play C for the PGs.

      • hotshot

        That’s what Casey wants : MORE POINT GUARDS!!!! he will have Lowery, Vasquez , Colo, Salmon on the floor at the same time!!!he loves the small ball when he doesn’t have an answer for anything!!!

        • FREEJV

          dont forget stone

    • asifyouknow

      My take: They will release Vaz because they know someone will pick him up…IF this guy works out….
      Could that happen?

      • Saskatoon Raps Fan

        Why? He’s an expiring contract anyways.

      • Mexiballer

        No…that wont happen. He’s insurance because they dont have a real third string point guard and Vasquez has been shaky at back up. If he can compete for minutes with Vasquez all the better.

    • Andy Kos

      Do you actually think stone is a real point gaurd?…

  • http://www.chip-start.com ChipStart

    Big deal… Just another bench warmer for Casey. Will never play.

    • Dr.Scooby

      …true dat; he’d have to be older and have lost a half-step for Casey to want to play him

      • Ho Tep

        Careful, old and never had a step might just get the start.

  • FREEJV

    Wow indiana just traded Granger to Philadelphia .-.

  • Louvens Remy

    Austin Daye is going to light it up in San Antonio. #justthefacts

  • Mike

    He won’t play much i guess..wish we went out and added a guy that can help protect the rim. On the higher end Taj Gibson or lower end guys like Bryon Mullens, Steisma, even a Jason Maxiel would have worked.

    • Steverino

      Mullens would have helped protect the rim? In high school maybe.

      • Mike

        Mullens is a beast :P,,,per 36 mins career average of 1.0 blks lol, too bad he sucks and can’t play more than 20 mins in actuality…..poor mans Bargani, thats not saying much.

    • Raptogram

      DeColo has a nice game. Great off the bench. Very reliable and knows team ball. We just improved….one step foreword.

  • Louvens Remy

    Yo. They let Granger get traded for Ev Turner and Lavoy Allen? Isn’t that trade a bit one sided for Indiana?

    • FREEJV

      philadelphia just wants cap space and picks they dont really care what they get back lmao

      • Louvens Remy

        Very true. It’s just so blatant though.

    • Copywryter

      You mean the husk formerly known as Danny Granger.

  • Bo4

    Turning your 15th man into someone that could be your 5th guard is great work on Masai`s part!

    • asifyouknow

      Look I’m not all that smart, I don’t get your riddle..lol…it is an intriguing one…please explain further…lol

  • Louvens Remy

    Philadelphia is Tim W’s favorite team right now. They sure aren’t mediocre. They are doing it RIGHT!!!

    • Dr.Scooby

      right or wrong at least Tim W. had a position and stuck to it. No sense bashing him any longer.

      Quite frankly, I wish the Raps were playing as well as they were when they made run to .500. Although they continue to play well, it seems as though they’ve levelled off somewhat…hope they get hot for the playoffs.

      • FREEJV

        levelling off= winning 3/4 games loool

        • Dr.Scooby

          Whaaaa? they were 9-3 in their march to .500 and have been 14-10 since…

    • Copywryter

      Not long ago Philadelphia swung for the fences when they acquired Bynum. They whiffed mightily and now are doing the right thing by trading an asset they weren’t likely to keep and couldn’t build around even if they did. Turner is a nice two-way player and his numbers will likely improve with better talent around him.

      Trading up to be a bottom feeder would be stupid.

  • Ayy

    shoulda got corey joseph instead

  • asifyouknow

    If Nando is a little quicker than Vaz and can hit a consistent three Vaz is toast, I don’t understand why they did not trade Vaz since he is not in the plans for next year.
    I really thought he would be gone for a decent back up big that you need.
    Casey is not a Vaz fan even though he comes off differently, he has the guy handcuffed.
    Here is what will probably happen ( sure it will) they will release Vaz because they know someone will pick up his contract.
    Nothing else makes any sense about this.

    • Mexiballer

      They didnt trade Vaz because they need a back up guard for the playoffs.

  • asifyouknow

    Lou’s quote ..”Daye hasn’t seen the floor since Prince was on Apollonia…”
    Now that is a great take down, great style, love that one…lmao

  • jclaw

    i think it was since OJ wore Isotoners.. :)

    • DDayLewis

      Thanks Kanye!

  • mini-jonas

    Finally mini Jonas and Jonas united on the same team. Anyone else think he looks like him when his hair is short?

  • Ds

    LOL at the Knicks. They could’ve had Lowry 2 months ago, but now can’t find any takers for their crap. Dolan lost to Masai again.

  • FREEJV

    might actually happen with popovich as the coach no joke

    • asifyouknow

      Pop will make a man out of anybody

    • Tanks-a-lot

      Tim Duncan retires, game over

  • FREEJV

    i would ve liked to see us get another wing with the inconsistency of Ross and Salmons on offense but whatever

    • Dr.Scooby

      How ’bout a big bodied (rebounding) Center to back up JV…that would have been helpful for this squad.

      • FREEJV

        nah we have enough bigs already we only have 3 wings (landry doesnt count hes waste)

        • Dr.Scooby

          hmmm…sure lotsa bigs if you consider a big to be 6’9 or shorter.

          • FREEJV

            did u have spencer hawes in mind as the “big bodied center” looool. AKA Andrea Bargnani 2.0

            • Dr.Scooby

              Nyet, maybe a Gray or Hayes type…who isn’t 6’6…

    • Tanks-a-lot

      Ross is young and Salmons is old and crafty. Both are good for their price at the moment and their future.

      • Abused Raptors Fan

        Salmons is mostly garbage on the 2nd night of b2b’s, but since that won’t be an issue in the playoffs, I can see the logic here. De Colo is 6’5″, so hell def see minutes at the 2 as well. Overall I think its a decent stop gap. Looks like the market for bench wings and bigs was too steep for our frugal leader with so many other teams looking for bench depth

        • Tanks-a-lot

          “on the 2nd night of b2b’s”
          Why would that even matter for the minutes he plays and his role?

          Perhaps there are conditions beyond Salmon’s control that hinder his consistency?

          whatever, he’s probably not going to be around after the Raps lose to the Thunder in the Finals

  • Tanks-a-lot

    Watch Daye get a Championship ring as the 13th player off the bench.

  • jjdynomite

    The “human dick swing” is no longer a Raptor.

    / RaptorsRepublic inside joke

  • Tanks-a-lot

    The Raptors and Spurs could be long term trading partners due to their history as havens for non-North American world class players, for different reasons.

  • James Slim

    Buycks waved, raptors sign a centre

    • Dr.Scooby

      What center?

      • James Slim

        Just guessing, but maybe kwame brown or Daniel orton. Always guys in dleague too, plus someone might get waived between now and end of month.

  • rapierraptor

    Zach Lowe (3:10 PM EST)
    Hold up! One for the buzzer! The Raps trade Austin Daye for Nando De Colo! I actually like that one for Toronto. De Colo is interesting, with a weird skill set and some high-level national experience. Daye has basically done nothing in the NBA beyond having his agent call every team he’s been on to complain about his lack of playing time. But long ago he projected as semi-stretch power forward, and if you’re the Spurs (Hubie Brown mode: engaged!) and you have a million marginal NBA ball handlers, why not flip one for Darren Daye’s kid?

  • Daniel

    release bikes LOL then sign Glen Big baby Davis

    • FREEJV

      release stone we have buycks under contract for next year

  • tonious35

    DeColo is some type of project at PG we can try out at a very good budget and has proved himself to be offensively capable and system discipline from the Spurs. I am also a bit glad that I do not to see the walking Charmin toilet paper Daye (who does sounds like a nice TP brand to use) on our bench. Daye is still not in any form ready to play in a Defensive type of team that we are correctly forming together.