The Charlotte Hornets have announced they have assigned rookie Noah Vonleh to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League:
PRESS RELEASE: Hornets Assign Noah Vonleh To Fort Wayne Mad Ants of NBA D-League http://t.co/3JSefp1ke4— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 28, 2014
In the press release, Hornets general manager Rich Cho explained the decision to send Vonleh to the D-League:
"We believe Noah would benefit greatly from additional game experience," Cho said. "He will be able to get that playing time through this D-League assignment."
Vonleh has appeared in only four games this season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in seven minutes per game. He has been inactive in most games, and the four appearances he did make came late in fourth quarters when the result of the game was already in hand.
This is a great decision by the organization. Despite showing flashes of potential, Vonleh isn't ready to break into Hornets rotation. Part of this was missing all of training camp and preseason due to injury, but Vonleh was always going to be a project.
A move to the D-League seemed a likely option for some time now, but there was speculation over whether it would happen because the Hornets do not own a D-League affiliate. With this move, Hornets fans can finally get to see Vonleh play meaningful minutes.