Ray McCallum was a part of two transactions Sunday and didn’t leave Sacramento.
The rookie point guard was assigned to the Kings’ NBA Development League team, the Reno Bighorns, only to have the assignment rescinded about an hour later.
It made for a couple of interesting screen shots on the Bighorns’ website, where the announcements were shown back-to-back.
“It was a little strange, but that’s part of the NBA,” McCallum said. “Be ready and expect the unexpected. I guess this is what they mean when they say always be ready.”
McCallum was about to leave for Reno when he was told to stay.
“He’s like Elvis – he never left the building,” Kings coach Michael Malone said.
The Kings kept McCallum around for Sunday’s game against Cleveland at Sleep Train Arena.
“We’re playing a team that likes to play a lot of small ball,” Malone said before the game. “They’ll play three ballhandling guards out there at times with Jarrett Jack, Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving, so (we) just felt why not have Ray around today in a game that he might be able to play in.”
Malone said McCallum is “probably one of our better perimeter defenders,” but that hasn’t translated to much playing time for the rookie. The second-round pick has appeared in just eight games this season and logged five minutes in the 124-80 rout of the Cavaliers. He scored three points, making his only 3-point attempt, and had two rebounds and an assist.
Sunday’s decision doesn’t mean McCallum won’t play for Reno again this season. He averaged 22 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games in November with the Bighorns.
“He just needs to play,” Malone said. “He’ll go down to the D-League, get extended minutes, have the ball in his hands. Obviously in college (at Detroit Mercy), playing for his father, (he was) a very good player. But he also has to be able to run his team, be more of a playmaking guard at times, know how to get his teammates shots, find out where they’re most effective and put those guys in position to have success.”
After the game, McCallum wasn’t sure about the Kings’ plans for him.
“Originally I think the plan was to go down there for a week or so and meet the team back on the road,” McCallum said. “But we’ll see.”
More 3s – Isaiah Thomas made two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to extend his streak of games with a 3-pointer to 29.
Thomas has the fourth-longest streak in team history. Mitch Richmond holds the record at 39 games, followed by Peja Stojakovic at 36 (twice) and Stojakovic at 35.
First miss – Jimmer Fredette had made all 12 of his free throws this season before a second-quarter miss. He was fouled by Jack on a made 3-pointer.