The San Antonio Spurs have been real winners so far in NBA Free Agency.
The Spurs managed to lure LaMarcus Aldridge from the Portland Trail Blazers, winning this years biggest battle for a player to land their power forward of the future and the eventual successor to Tim Duncan's throne.
The Spurs the went on to land former All-Star David West on a veteran minimum, while agreeing to new long-term deals with Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard that leave the team in a great position for the future. Even Manu Ginobili came back for another season.
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The Spurs weren't just going to sit around and pat themselves on the back however. Instead, they've gone out and got themselves a shiny new point guard to sit on the bench and back up Tony Parker.
According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Spurs have traded for Ray McCallum Jr. from the Sacramento Kings as a replacement for Cory Joseph.
Joseph decided he would be better off as a backup with the Toronto Raptors so the Spurs have gone for a younger player who will be earning under a million dollars in 2015-16.
After the Kings brought in Rajon Rondo on a one-year, $10-million deal, the Kings had one too many names on the roster at point guard with Darren Collison already getting significant minutes behind Rondo next year. McCallum was deemed surplus to requirements and the Spurs managed to snap up the 24-year-old in a move that looks great value on the surface.
The Kings picked McCallum early in the second round in 2013 and he's proven to be a solid rotation player in two years in Sacramento. Last season he did well, averaging 7.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game, all of which were career highs.
McCallum is a score-first point guard who shot 43.8 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from three last year. The fact that he is such a High-IQ player is not in-doubt thanks to being the son of a coach and that is surely one of things that will have attracted Gregg Popovich to him