Australian Jock Landale has a new NBA home.
The Aussie big man has been included in Wednesday night’s trade that sent Dejounte Murray to Atlanta in exchange for Danilo Gallinari, three first-round draft picks and a future pick swap.
Landale played just one season with the Spurs after signing with the team as a rookie last offseason following a Tokyo 2020 Olympics third-place finish with the Australian national team.
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Landale appeared in 54 games and had one start. He averaged 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.8 assists on 49.5 percent shooting from the field and 32.6 percent shooting from 3-point range.
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Initially, the going was tough for Landale as he found himself buried at the end of head coach Gregg Popovich’s rotation behind Jakob Poelt and Drew Eubanks, appearing in just four games for San Antonio, punctuated by a 10-point and one-rebound game in just five minutes of playing time in a loss to the Indiana Pacers before he was placed into the league’s Health and Safety Protocols on Nov. 11.
When he was given a chance to play, though, he shined.
Landale reached double figures in the scoring column 10 times this season, with a career-high of 26 points coming in a 119-108 loss to the Indiana Pacers on March 12. In 35 minutes of play, Landale went a scorching 12-15 from the floor while adding seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
He struggled with the inconsistency of his minutes under coach Gregg Popovich but admitted to Andrew Bogut on his Rogue Bogues podcast that there was no point complaining about things that were out of his control.
“You can’t bottle up your frustration. That’s not something to hide, but you’ve just got to know the right outlets to use,” said Landale. “We’re competitive individuals and want to play as much as we can, but those things are kind of out of your control. These guys know what I bring to the table.”
Now he gets a fresh start on a contending team alongside Murray and All-Star Trae Young.
Jock Landale contract
Landale signed a two-year, partially guaranteed, $4.5 million contract with the Spurs last season. He is due to make $1.5 million next season with the Hawks.
The Hawks will be able to offer Landale a qualifying offer at the end of the season worth about $2.05 million for the 2023-24 season.
Atlanta Hawks depth chart
While Landale found it hard to come by minutes in San Antonio, depending on the roster moves the Hawks make in free agency, there are potentially some quality backup minutes for him.
The majority of Landale’s minutes came while playing center, but his ability to stretch the floor and shoot the three saw him play power forward, too.
The Hawks currently have a number of bigs on the roster:
- John Collins, power forward
- Clint Capela, center
- De’Andre Hunter, power forward
- Onyeka Okongwu, power forward
- Gorgui Deng, power forward
Reports suggest they are willing to part with John Collins in a trade, but Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.com says that Atlanta won’t give up Collins without a decent return, so there’s a chance he won’t be traded this offseason.
As always, trade season will keep the final roster in flux.