Ndiaye had shuffled between the Kings and the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, since the D-League season opened in December and never became a regular in coach Michael Malone’s rotation.
Ndiaye was on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract worth around $885,000 (h/t hoopshype.com) and contracts become fully guaranteed for the season if a player is on the roster as of Tuesday, so this move sort of makes sense.
It’s possible Ndiaye could be brought back on a 10-day contract later if need be. However, with the acquisition of big men Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray in the Rudy Gay trade with the Toronto Raptors, Ndiaye’s minutes had been curtailed even more than they already had been.
Ndiaye hadn’t played since Dec. 18 at Atlanta, when he logged just 51 seconds, and averaged just 4.9 minutes per game in six December appearances.
Ndiaye played in 14 games overall for the Kings, playing just 74 minutes with 18 rebounds, six points, four blocks and three assists on 3-of-9 shooting.
The 7-footer is a native of Senegal and played collegiately at Rutgers before being selected 56th overall in the 2010 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with the Washington Wizards, appearing in 19 games and scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
He saw extensive action in the D-League both seasons, playing a total of 34 games with the Dakota Wizards, Iowa Energy and Maine Red Claws. With Reno this season, Ndiaye played in two games and logged 55 minutes, scoring 13 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, a steal and seven blocked shots on 5-of-11 shooting.