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The Kings have flex-assigned Robert Woodard II to the Austin Spurs

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What on earth is a flex-assignment? And who is the rookie Sacramento is sending to San Antonio’s G-League affiliate?

Robert Woodard II will join the Austin Spurs at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for their G-League season as a flex-assignment from the Sacramento Kings, per an official press release from the team.

Flex-assigning is the process by which a team without a G-League affiliate participating in the single-site tournament in Orlando can transfer roster players and two-way contract signees between the NBA and a compliant external G-League organization. 17 of the G League’s 28 teams are participating in the Bubble, plus Team Ignite — a developmental team associated with the G League specifically designed for elite NBA prospects looking for an alternate route to draft eligibility than college.

Although the Grizzlies selected the Mississippi State sophomore with the 40th overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, Memphis promptly traded him to Sacramento alongside a 2022 second-rounder in exchange for Xavier Tillman.

The 21-year-old small forward has suited up for the Kings in just six of their 19 games this season, totaling 13 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes. And it should be interesting to monitor how heavily head coach Matt Neilsen integrates Woodard into Austin’s game plan.