Danuel House has been assigned to the D-League to get some playing time with the Delaware 87ers, according to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Despite the team’s well-known bench struggles, House hasn’t been able to get any meaningful playing time. His only regular season action came in the final 50 seconds of the Wizards’ loss to Cleveland last Friday. Getting assigned to a D-League team will give him a chance to get some playing time and work on his craft.
The Wizards do not have a direct D-League affiliate, so House has to be placed in the D-League’s flexible assignment system. According to the D-League, here’s how the system works:
The NBA D-League’s flexible assignment system – which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season – enables independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation from injury.
Upon receipt of an assignment from an independent NBA team, the NBA D-League will identify any NBA D-League team willing to accept the assigned player. The assigning independent NBA team will then choose the destination for assignment between those teams.
Based on J. Michael’s report, that team will be the Delaware 87ers, Philadelphia’s D-League affiliate. That’s good news for the Wizards because the 87ers are the closest D-League team to Washington, so if they needed to recall him quickly he’s nearby. Although the Wizards won’t have any direct control over how House is developed in Delaware (other than when they can call him back), they’ll at least be able to keep a close eye on him.
UPDATE: It doesn’t look like House will be in Delaware for long:
Rookie Danuel House will be in D-League for "four to five days," says #Wizards coach Scott Brooks— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 16, 2016