As teams begin sending young players to their to NBA Development League clubs, guard Ray McCallum waits for his call to play for the Kings’ affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.
The D-League season begins Friday.
“Ray will definitely be down at Reno at some point,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “I think what happens to a lot of NBA players, young guys, they view that as a demotion. My thing to Ray is you haven’t played a game since Oct. 13 when we played the Clippers in the preseason. This is great for you. Go down and get as many minutes as you can under your belt.”
McCallum was the Kings’ second-round pick in June’s draft, but is the only healthy player that hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game.
Having gone more than a month since game action, McCallum’s work has been limited to practice and study of veterans Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas.
McCallum said he’d be ready to play for Reno.
“I’ve just got to do what’s best for the team,” McCallum said. “I haven’t played