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One of the silver linings in last year’s injury-filled Nets season was their ability to mine talent from the D-League. But besides the most obvious example in Gerald Green, who became one of the league’s biggest surprises last season after getting called up, the Nets also used their own affiliate, the Springfield Armor, to supply them with guard Jerry Smith and forward Dennis Horner. That synergy between the Nets and their D-League affiliate will continue this weekend, when the Armor hold an open tryout at the Nets’ practice facility. “The idea is that the Springfield Armor are part of the Nets,” said Milton Lee, the Nets’ General Manager of Minor League Operations. “We’re trying to use it on many different platforms, the most important being developing our Nets players. “Secondly, it’s developing players we have in Springfield and identifying D-League candidates for the NBA. And, thirdly, it’s searching outside of people already in the league for potential D-League caliber and maybe even NBA caliber players.”
The Nets announced today that they will not resign Dennis Horner to another 10-day contract and instead signed Armon Johnson to one. Johnson will become the 22nd player to wear a Nets uniform this season, the most in the NBA. He is a point guard and may backup Deron Williams due to the very poor play of late from Sundiata Gaines.
The New Jersey Nets were thinking about signing another point guard to fill their open roster spot prior to Wednesday night’s game, but things changed following injuries to both Shelden Williams and Jordan Williams during the team’s victory over the Indiana Pacers. With depth a concern in the frontcourt following the injuries, league source’s have told Ridiculous Upside that the team has decided to bring back Dennis Horner from the NBA Development League’s Springfield Armor. The team is expected to sign Horner on Friday, prior to their next game, to take full advantage of his 10-day contract
Owens will receive a non-guaranteed contract for the rest of the season, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. It becomes guaranteed if he stays with the Nets beyond Feb. 10. James has missed the past seven games with the right foot injury, which is related to surgery he underwent last season when he fractured the fifth metatarsal in the same foot.