By Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings made a roster move on Thursday. Rookie guard Ray McCallum has been assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. Reno is the Kings exclusive entry in the D-League and is dedicated to developing young talent for Sacramento.
McCallum was the Kings’ second round pick (36th overall) in the 2013 NBA Draft. He had not seen any playing time in the Kings’ 11 games this season. In the preseason, McCallum averaged 3.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 12.2 minutes of playing time in five games. He did not start in any of those games.
Kings color analyst Jerry Reynolds said on Wednesday’s broadcast from Phoenix that McCallum needed to be playing not sitting on the bench. He will get playing time in Reno.
In Reno, McCallum will be reunited with former Kings training camp players Brandon Heath, DeQuan Jones and Trent Lockett.
The Bighorns open the season on the road in Sioux Falls with back-to-back games this Friday and Saturday.