When a player requests a trade from the team they’re playing on, it’s usually always because they’re sick of the situation they’re in and they’re usually not completely wrong for requesting said trade. But then you have the case of Nando De Colo, who was traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors — at his request.
Jeff McDonald from the San Antonio Express-News reports that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich admitted that it was Nando De Colo’s request for a trade that led to him being dealt in the final moments of the deadline last week.
Interesting tidbit from pregame. Pop says part of impetus behind Nando trade was that he asked to be moved to better situation.
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) February 28, 2014
We don’t know what De Colo’s exact situation with the Spurs locker room was, but it’s clear that he wanted out. It’s just interesting to hear a player request a trade from a team in line to compete for an NBA championship, but then again winning may not be everything to everyone.