HoopsHype Trey Johnson rumors

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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. Sportando

January 27, 2012 Updates

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. NBA.com

August 5, 2011 Updates

For the last few days, Trey Johnson found himself weighing his many playing options for the future. He joined the Lakers as a late-season pickup from the D-League just before the playoffs last season and even impressed Phil Jackson enough to earn actual playing time. Even without an NBA contract and any official word from the Lakers on what his future would entail, Johnson still believed he'd retain a roster spot. Still, with the NBA lockout looming for an uncertain period of time, Johnson signed a one-year deal Wednesday with the Teramo Basket of the Italian League. "I didn't know if I wanted to commit myself that early," Johnson said in a phone interview Thursday. "I definitely feel like I'm an NBA player and that I worked hard to get to where I'm at. I didn't want to feel like I was giving up on that so soon. I don't feel like I'm giving up on it. It's just a situation where I have to make a business decision and do what's best for me and my family at the moment. We don't know how long our season will be or if we really have a season." Los Angeles Times

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." Los Angeles Times

August 4, 2011 Updates

Lakers guard Trey Johnson is heading to Italy to play basketball next season. Johnson, a late-season call-up by the Lakers from the D-League last year, signed a one-year deal with Teramo Basket of the Italian League on Wednesday. Johnson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPNLosAngeles.com that his client's contract does not include an opt-out clause to return to the NBA should the lockout be resolved in time for the league to hold all or part of the 2011-12 season. ESPN.com

August 2, 2011 Updates

Dubi Pick: Trey Johnson to @hjerusalem? Was offered to Maccabi T.A. and got shut down. American agent says he is over wait, slow and wont help the team Twitter

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Trey Johnson spent the preseason with the Los Angeles Lakers and, after playing the regular season with the NBA Development League's Bakersfield Jam, it looks like he'll spend the postseason with the Lakers as well. Johnson will be signed for the remainder of the season by the Lakers, according to a source close to the situation, after averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 39 games for the Jam during the regular season. In Bakersfield's lone playoff game so far this season, Johnson scored 29 points to lead the Jam to a 110-105 upset victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Ridiculous Upside

This will be his second call-up of the season after playing with the Toronto Raptors earlier this year. In the past, he's also played with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the regular season as well as for the Los Angeles Clippers during last year's Vegas Summer League. As D-League Digest's Joey Whelan noted earlier this season, it's difficult to explain why Johnson's still in the D-League after playing as efficiently as he has thus far this season. Johnson can play both guard spots, but has been more of an off-guard with the Jam this year due to their already having two point guards on the roster -- and the team's need for a go-to scorer. The generously listed at 6-foot-5 guard led the NCAA in scoring as senior at Jackson State in 2007 and has slowly upped his scoring average over his four (abbreviated) seasons in the D-League from 11.8 points per game in 2007-08 to 20.7 the following year, 21.3 last season and his league-leading 25.5 scoring average this season. Ridiculous Upside

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The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed guard Trey Johnson to a second 10-day contract. Johnson was signed to his original 10-day contract on January 26. He has appeared in five games with Toronto averaging 4.0 points, 1.6 assists and 12.6 minutes. He totaled a high of 10 points in Friday’s victory versus Minnesota. Johnson, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds is the leading scorer in the D-League this season averaging 25.8 points for the Bakersfield Jam. He has scored in double-digits in each of his 26 games, posting 20 or more points on 22 occasions and 30 or more in five games and a season-best 43 on December 15 at Austin. Johnson is also averaging 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting .510 percent from the field. NBA.com

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Trey Johnson has paid his dues in the NBA D-League for at least part of the past four seasons, and it looks it's finally paid off. According to a source close to the situation, the 26-year-old Johnson has been called up by the Toronto Raptors for a 10-day contract. FanHouse.com

January 14, 2011 Updates

Scott Schroeder: I heard the Bulls met with Trey Johnson today. Doing what he can to impress them tonight - 31 pts, 6 rebs, 3 assists. Twitter

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