Ray McCallum

Sneaky good summer move: Spurs trade for Ray McCallum


If you didn’t see the 30 games Ray McCallum played as a starter for the Sacramento Kings to close out last season, I can’t blame you. By the time they got around to hiring George Karl things had gone sideways in the California capital and this team was not headed to the playoffs.

But the second-year point guard looked pretty good. The son of a coach who plays a high IQ game and does a lot of the little things right, he averaged 11.2 points a game as a starter, shot 34 percent from three at that time, and dished out 4.3 assists a night. He’s a solid defender (but not a stopper, as he had been billed). He’s got good handles and uses that skill to weave through a defense to create havoc and open up angles. While his shot and shot selection could still use some work, this is an improving young player entering just his third season who can be a solid part of the point guard rotation on any team.

The Spurs snatched him up for a second round pick.

It was one of the quieter moves of a busy summer, but it was about the most Spurs thing ever. They pick up a solid player making less than $1 million a year for next to nothing. (You can see why the Kings made the move, they have Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison, McCallum would be buried on their bench.)

The Spurs are high on him as someone they trust to step in and guide the offense, something mentioned in Buck Harvey’s feature on McCallum in the Express-News.

While they don’t think McCallum will be the defender Cory Joseph is, they see him as someone who can run a team. If Tony Parker suffers injuries again, McCallum could be a key to the season.

McCallum is not Parker — if the French guard suffers an injury again it’s a big blow to the Spurs. And they can’t afford those kinds of setbacks with the quality of teams at the top of the Western Conference.

But mixed with Patty Mills, McCallum will play a significant role for the Spurs getting Parker time on the bench in games, plus nights off. McCallum will step right in and do Spurs-like things, making smart plays and focusing on doing what he does well, not trying to do too much.

I expect McCallum will thrive this season. And we’ll all look back at the McCallum trade and say “it’s the Spurs doing Spurs things again.”

Report: Spurs signing undrafted Keifer Sykes

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The Spurs had to sacrifice some depth – Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph, Marco Belinelli, Aron Baynes – to sign LaMarcus Aldridge and build one of the NBA’s strongest teams.

That has left San Antonio needing the preseason to round out its roster. The Spurs have:

  • 13 players whose salaries are fully guaranteed
  • 2 players whose salaries are mostly guaranteed (Matt Bonner and Jimmer Fredette)
  • 1 player whose salary is unguaranteed (Reggie Williams)
  • 1 player whose guarantee is unknown but probably low (Youssou Ndoye)

San Antonio is adding another player to the mix.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Sykes is quick and explosive, and he uses those skills well to get the basket and pester opponents defensively. But he also has to maximize his athleticism, because he’s just 6-foot and not a good outside shooter.

He’ll have a tough time making the team, because the Spurs are loaded at point guard with Tony Parker, Patty Mills and Ray McCallum. All three already have fully guaranteed salaries. Most likely, Sykes gets waived and has his D-League rights assigned to San Antonio’s affiliate, the Austin Spurs.

Still, San Antonio’s roster instability gives Sykes at least a chance to make a strong impression and land a spot on the parent club.

Kings trade Ray McCallum to Spurs for second round pick


If nothing else, San Antonio’s Summer League squad may have just gotten better.

Two summers ago, Ray McCallum — the baby-faced son of a coach — played fantastically for the Kings at Summer League and made you think he could be part of Sacramento’s point guard rotation. Last summer he dropped 29 points in the Summer League championship game and even threw in a Jordan shrug at one point, leading the Kings to a win in the Summer League title game.

Now, McCallum is a San Antonio Spur. From Marc Stein of ESPN.

Cory Joseph signed a deal to be the backup point guard for the Raptors.

McCallum is a very Spurs pickup, a high IQ point guard who does a lot of the little things right (like you expect from the son of a coach). He started 30 games for the Kings last season and averaged 7.4 points a game, he seemed to make strides in his game (although his three point shooting percentage slipped to 30 percent from 37 percent the season before, the Spurs will expect the higher number).

McCallum is the kind of player that will find his grove in the Spurs system and by the second half of the season he will be someone Popovich will trust. Plus, he makes less than $1 million. This seems like the kind of move that just always works out for San Antonio.

Reports: Kings’ Darren Collison to have surgery, likely done for season

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We told you this might be coming. Now Bill Herenda of CSNBayArea.com has the details — it looks like Kings’ point guard Darren Collison is done for the season.

Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will see Dr. William Meyers on Monday in Philadelphia for a consultation; surgery is likely to occur on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, according to a source close to the situation…

On Tuesday, Collison was examined by a specialist in Los Angeles regarding his right hip flexor strain and has yet to play for new Kings coach George Karl.

Sacramento says he would be evaluated again between three and six weeks after the surgery. Let’s be realistic here: They are not bringing him back this season. They are not going to rush him back from an injury so he can play three games for George Karl at the end of a lost season.

Karl had this to say:

Collison has sat out the last seven games for the Kings. Without Collison, it will mean more Ray McCallum and Andre Miller.



Rumor: Kings’ Darren Collison could be done for season with hip injury

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When Darren Collison has been on the court for the Kings this season their offense has improved almost 10 points per 100 possessions. He’s averaged 16.1 points and 5.4 assists a game, and he’s played the best basketball of his career.

And now playing in George Karl’s more up-tempo system, he could flourish.

Which is why this is such a bad rumor, via Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Officially coach Karl said he hopes to get an update on Collison in the next couple days.

Without Collison, it will mean more Ray McCallum and Andre Miller.

The Kings have won two of three since Karl took over as coach, and that includes a big win over Memphis Thursday.