Updated: 9:06 p.m.
The Sixers announced Saturday that they have assigned forward Arnett Moultrie to the D-League.
“We want to send him down there and let him play,” Brett Brown said before Saturday's game. “I was not giving him minutes here and he needs to go play extended minutes.”
“He is a young player who was a first-round draft pick and he needs to play. If it is not happening here, it has to happen somewhere else.”
This marks Moultrie’s second assignment to the Delaware 87ers this season. He appeared in three games for the Sevens in early February, averaging 13.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 25 minutes per game.
In his 12 games with the Sixers this year, Moultrie has averaged 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game.
Brown explained why minutes were hard to come by for Moultrie wearing a Sixers uniform.
“Those other two centers came in and I spin Jarvis [Varnado] and Henry [Sims] around and I am playing Thaddeus [Young] as long as I can until he falls over,” Brown said. “And there just is no minutes -- he’s a four-man.
“I don’t believe Arnett is a five-man. He’s no center. Is he going to guard Marc Gasol? Is he going to guard Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah? With that said, there are limited opportunities to play him.”
A first-round draft pick in 2012, Moultrie has appeared in 59 NBA games in his career as a result persistent injury and conditioning issues.
Moultrie has expressed frustration in the past about not getting playing time and as a former first-round pick, the D-League can be seen as a demotion.
Brown discussed the move with Moultrie.
“Everybody is competitive,” Brown said. “They want to prove they can get it done here and I respect that. But I think this will serve him well if he handles it well and if he goes down there and plays basketball.”
The Sevens next game is Sunday at Fort Wayne.