Larry Owens Rumors
The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent guard Keith Bogans, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. To make room on the roster the Nets have waived forward Larry Owens. “Keith will give us defensive toughness and experience,” said King. “He will add depth and versatility to our perimeter.”
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.”
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.
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.