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Italian team Novipiu Casale is interested in signing Trey Johnson to replace the injured Matt Janning. Johnson has started the season in Italy with Banca Tercas Teramo but he was not able to debut due to an injury. In December Johnson returned to the NBA where he was signed by the New Orleans Hornets with whom he averaged 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg in 11 games.
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Trey Johnson. Johnson appeared in 11 regular season games this season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 5.5 minutes. The Jackson State University product has appeared in 23 career NBA games in three seasons of play with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and Hornets.
Regardless of how negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement turn out, however, Johnson definitely won’t play in the NBA at all for at least one year. That’s because, as ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin first reported, Johnson’s contract doesn’t have an opt-out clause even if the lockout ends early enough so that all or at least part of the 2011-2012 season remains intact. “I definitely wanted an opt-out clause, but they were reluctant to give me one,” Johnson said. “A lot of European teams won’t give you one unless you’re a big NBA guy. We definitely tried for it, but they didn’t want to give it to me. I just have to make the most of the situation. Hopefully by next year, I’ll be a better player and the opportunity is still there for me in the NBA.”