The Erie BayHawks announced Monday the acquisition of free-agent forward Austin Daye, a move which adds versatility and shooting to the Orlando Magic's NBA D-League affiliate.
The San Antonio Spurs waived Daye on January 17th. Erie added the Gonzaga product Monday by claiming him off waivers, and made space on its roster by deactivating Joe Crawford.
In six NBA seasons, Daye owns per-game averages of 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds on 40.3 percent shooting form the floor and 35.2 percent shooting from three-point range. He began his NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, who selected him 15th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. After three-plus seasons with the Pistons, Daye moved on to play for the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, and Spurs.
At 6-foot-11 with a respectable outside shot, Daye can create mismatches on the perimeter with his size. Whether he figures into the Magic's plans remains an open question, but if nothing else he gives Seth Curry and Peyton Siva a pick-and-pop option as Erie begins the back stretch of its season: the BayHawks have 19 games remaining. Their next game is set for Wednesday against the Westchester Knicks.