The Kings announced Wednesday they had assigned second-year forward Tyler Honeycutt to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.
Honeycutt, who begins his assignment today, hasn't appeared in a game this season. His offseason progress was slowed by two separate stress fractures. One kept him out of summer league and the second cost him most of the preseason.
"He probably would have been ahead on the depth chart had he had a chance to play summer league and have a really good camp to show what he can do," coach Keith Smart said. "But he didn't get that opportunity."
Behind starting small forward James Johnson are Francisco Garcia, Travis Outlaw and John Salmons. The logjam leaves Honeycutt, who also spent time in Reno last season, with little chance to play.
"It's hard enough for me to get the guys I have consistent minutes," Smart said. "And to try and add another small forward, he may get a minute here, and that's not enough for him."
Honeycutt averaged 1.3 points in 15 games as a rookie. Because of his limited experience and injuries, Smart believes Reno is the best place for Honeycutt at this stage of the season.
"Right now I just want him to go play," Smart said. "There are some things he can do that can really help our team from a defensive standpoint because he's so athletic. From an offensive standpoint, he's gotten better."
Finding minutes Smart has kept his promise to use 10 to 11 players every night. That has meant a wide range of minutes for some players. So far, he hasn't heard any complaints.
"They may have talked to their agent, but they haven't said anything to me," Smart said.
Smart said he's been honest with the team from the start of training camp and that he's prepared for some unhappy players most nights.
"I told them from Day One there's no way I'm going to have all you guys happy with me after a game," Smart said. "It's just not going to happen."
Inactive Salmons was inactive for the fourth game since returning from the birth of his third child. Smart said he wants Salmons, who was away for almost three weeks, to have more practice time before seeing game time.