Payton Pritchard was talked about in commerce rumors resulting in the deadline and hoped he could be moved by the Boston Celtics.
Pritchard’s minutes have diminished as he performs behind Marcus Sensible, Derrick White and Malcom Brogdon.
“I positively was anticipating and hoping [for a trade],” Pritchard advised the Globe. “However you understand, I [have to] take a look at the nice issues. We’re one of the best workforce within the NBA proper now and we’ve got an excellent workforce with actually nice gamers, so for me it’s a possibility to be taught and to continue to grow.”
Pritchard has watched his minutes steadily lower every of his three seasons since being drafted twenty sixth general in 2020. He’s averaging 12.6 minutes and 4.7 factors this season, each profession lows.
Brad Stevens supplied Pritchard in a package deal with Danilo Gallinari for San Antonio’s Jakob Poeltl, however the Spurs declined the supply and traded middle to the Toronto Raptors forward of Thursday’s deadline.
“It was an emotional day, however you understand I’m right here and I shortly modified my thoughts and I’m right here to do a job to one of the best of my means,” Pritchard mentioned. “For me my mindset is simply are available on daily basis and maintain getting higher. The one factor I can do is concentrate on that.”
Pritchard is eligible for a rookie extension this summer time.