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Austin Daye Joins Magic’s D-League Team

7:32pm: Daye will play for the D-League affiliate of the Magic, which claimed him off D-League waivers, the team announced.

FEBRUARY 11TH, 8:42pm: Daye has indeed signed an agreement to join the NBA D-League, Gino Pilato of D-League Digest reports (Twitter link). The 26-year-old will be subject to the D-League’s waiver process to determine which affiliate he will suit up for.

FEBRUARY 2ND, 10:58am: Sixth-year NBA veteran Austin Daye is expected to sign with the D-League, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Daye became a free agent late last month shortly after the Spurs waived him. The small forward will go through the D-League waiver system once he signs to determine which team he’ll play with, since he’s never signed a D-League contract before. Daye will remain free to sign with any NBA team regardless of the D-League squad he ends up with.

Daye, the No. 15 pick from the 2009 draft, has played one D-League game before, with that experience coming last year while he was on assignment from the Spurs. The 26-year-old was seeing slightly more NBA playing time for San Antonio this season than he did last year, and he even made four starts, but the Spurs cleared him out to sign JaMychal Green to a 10-day contract. San Antonio inked Reggie Williams when it didn’t reach agreement on a second deal with Green.

The Pistons drafted Daye out of Gonzaga and traded him to the Grizzlies in the middle of his fourth season, shortly before his rookie scale contract was to expire. He signed a two-year deal for the minimum salary with the Raptors the following summer, but Toronto shipped him to the Spurs at the deadline. San Antonio decided this past offseason to keep him past the date in June that his salary for this season would become fully guaranteed, but the Spurs ultimately decided to eat about half of that money when they let him go last month.

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3 thoughts on “Austin Daye Joins Magic’s D-League Team

  1. B.TrooF

    A.Daye is to good for the D league. He belongs on a NBA where he can shine.

  2. camroc

    Maybe somewhere, but not again with the Spurs, where he was painfully out of place.

  3. Hilda Orduno

    I hope a team signs him, he has potential but needs more playing time to get in to the groove, at least he can say what Charles Barkley cannot, he is an NBA Champion.

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