When news broke Thursday via RealGM that Willie Reed of the Springfield Armor received a contract from the Sacramento Kings for the remainder of the season, it signified a giant leap in which the Kings have taken this season in terms of utilizing their first year one-to-one NBA D-League affiliate setup.
The Reno Bighorns (Sacramento’s NBADL affiliate) sit currently in the eighth and final playoff spot heading into an important weekend set against the Idaho Stampede, and as DLeagueDigest.com learned Thursday, the move for Reed was in part to help the Bighorns out as they make a push for the playoffs.
Reed, a talented forward who received a late season Call-Up last year, averaged 14.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 31.8 minutes for the Springfield Armor. Reed was also named NBA D-League Performer of the Week recently as well.
Reed spent time with Sacramento in training camp before the 2012 season, and it would seem that Reed is a favorite of Sacramento Kings Director of Player Personnel and Reno Bighorns General Manager Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
The Kings apparently just made the deadline to bring in Reed and have the option to assign him to Reno, which according to a source is what they planned on doing. The rule in short states that if a NBA team assigns any player called up within twenty-one days of the end of the NBA Regular Season at any subsequent point during the NBA D-League Regular Season or NBA D-League Playoffs, the player will return to the NBA D-League team for which he was previously playing for.
As of Thursday, it was exactly twenty-one days from the end of the NBA Regular Season. So it appears the savvy Kings made the move at the final hour.