The Charlotte Hornets sent Jeffery Taylor to the Austin Spurs of the D-League using the flexible assignment rule, the team announced Sunday.
On Nov. 21, Taylor was suspended for 24 games after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. Since returning from his suspension, he has had a limited role with the team, playing just 18 minutes in three games. He has scored three points this season.
The flexible assignment rule was used because the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Hornets’ D-League affiliate, had two NBA "wing" players on assignment at the time the Hornets initiated Taylor’s assignment to the D-League.
"As with Noah’s situation, we think that Jeffery will benefit greatly by getting additional game action," General Manager Rich Cho said. "Our depth at the wing position has limited his minutes and this D-League assignment will allow him to get some valuable playing time."
Taylor was drafted by the Hornets in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Last season, he ruptured his Achilles on Dec. 20 against the Detroit Pistons, and missed the rest of the season.