NEW ORLEANS LA - DECEMBER 15: Luther Head #9 of the Sacramento Kings drives the ball around Jason Smith #14 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on December 15 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. The Hornets defeated the Kings 94-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The NBA Development League has seen a crazy amount of talent enter over the past couple of weeks leading up to Monday's D-League Showcase in Reno. The latest player looking to showcase his skills by playing in the NBA's official minor league started 14 games in the big leagues last season.
Former first round pick Luther Head signed a D-League contract on Wednesday, according to a league source, enabling him to clear waivers on Friday and join his new team ahead of next week's Showcase. Head appeared in 36 games for the Sacramento Kings last season after previously spending time with the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
Head is in a different position than most of the NBA veterans working toward a comeback through the D-League as he's just 29 while most of the other "experienced" players are on the wrong side of their prime (see: Ostertag, Greg).
Head will likely be the last known name to enter the D-League in a little while as anyone that signs on Thursday wouldn't clear waivers and be able to join his team until Monday. A player could potentially just head to Reno and just meet whichever team claims him there, but it might be tough to impress NBA teams while shaking off the rust.
The undersized shooting guard will join a few of his 2005 NBA Draft class brethren in the D-League as Gerald Green and Orien Greene have already signed with teams. Chris Taft was also in the D-League earlier this year, but he was waived due to injury during training camp and hasn't returned.