Dennis Horner Rumors

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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 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
The New Jersey Nets have officially signed free-agent forward Larry Owens from the NBDL’s Tulsa 66ers, the team announced Wednesday. In a corresponding roster move, the Nets waived forward Dennis Horner. Horner is headed to play for the team’s NBDL affiliate in Springfield, according to a source. “We need some help at the 3,” coach Avery Johnson said. “With Damion (James)’s injury, we don’t have a 3 on our roster, we just have a bunch of 2s. So again, it’s just giving us a different look. … We felt at this point he was the best option for us.”
Larry Owens has never been one to put up impressive statistics during his three-year stint with the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA Development League, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting noticed at things like last week’s NBA D-League Showcase. Owens was averaging 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds through 10 games this season, but that was apparently plenty as the swingman was given good news on Tuesday. Owens, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Oral Roberts, will be signed by the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday. Sources with knowledge of the situation say that the team released Dennis Horner on Tuesday afternoon to clear a spot for their new D-League player. ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported the Owens call-up, but made no mention of the Horner release.
After today’s practice Dennis Horner, a Linwood native, got the news he’s been hoping for when general manager Billy King told him he made the team. Horner, a 6-foot-9 power forward, had been competing with Ime Udoka, a 6-foot-7 small forward, for the 15th and final spot on the roster. Horner went undrafted in 2010 after four years at North Carolina State and played in the NBDL last season for the Springfield Armor, the Nets’ affiliate. “It’s crazy,” a visibly happy Horner said shortly after the discussion with King. “It’s really special because I’m close to my family and they’ll be able to come up and see me, and my friends.”