The Brooklyn Nets’ NBA Developmental League team, the Springfield Armor, begin their training camp on Friday and a couple of Nets will join them. General manager Billy King announced on Thursday that forward Tornike Shengelia and guard Tyshawn Taylor have both been assigned to the D-League.
Neither player has appeared in any of the Nets’ first four games this season. Taylor averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per 36 minutes last year with an effective field goal percentage of 40.2 in 38 games. Shengelia averaged 11.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per 36 minutes with an eFG% of 45.7 in 19 games.
Neither player is expected to have much of a role on the Nets this year and both are mostly around for insurance in case of injuries. They can be sent to Springfield and recalled as much as the Nets would like as they are just in their second years in the league. Next season, the Nets won’t have that option.
It’s interesting to note that Mason Plumlee is not joining them in Springfield. Plumlee, a rookie drafted 22nd overall in this year’s draft, has appeared in two games though so perhaps he could end up being a regular member of the rotation or perhaps Jason Kidd is still evaluating how he plans on using him and could send him down at a later time. Either way, it’s not like Shengelia or Taylor will be down there forever. It’s likely mostly to keep their skills sharp.
Gary Forbes and Adonis Thomas, two of the Nets training camp invitees that were ultimately cut from the roster, will join them in Springfield.
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