Larry Owens Rumors

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.
Before the game, I informed Larry Owens and Othyus Jeffers that they were both named to the NBA Developmental League second team. Owens was happy to hear the news, but Jeffers responded by asking, “Second team?” Saunders gave the D-League all-stars an opportunity to close out the game with Seraphin, Yi and Mustafa Shakur. They were handed a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but were unable to hold on.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Spurs management hadn’t reached a decision on Owens, a 28-year-old plucked from the Development League two Sundays ago. Owens wasn’t denied entrance to the team plane in San Francisco, which can’t be a bad sign. It also doesn’t necessarily mean the Spurs will keep Owens another 10 days, either. Ime Udoka, the man Owens replaced as the Spurs’ 13th player, was waived in the middle of a road trip earlier this month. “They haven’t given me feedback (about whether he’ll be re-signed),” Owens said. “I just can’t worry about any of that. If I get minutes, I have to go out there and bust my tail. After that, we’ll see what happens.”
Assistant coach Mike Budenholzer held Owens after class, drilling him through the team’s offensive sets with help from a handful of other reserves. Owens’ 10-day contract expires today, and management hasn’t yet indicated if he will earn a second one. Owens considered Monday’s extra session to be a good sign. “If I was just sitting around not doing anything, that would have given me a different idea,” Owens said. “I’m grateful they’re still giving me a script and investing the time.”
The San Antonio Spurs needed to add a 13th player by Wednesday after releasing Ime Udoka prior to his contract becoming guaranteed on January 5. Saturday night, the Spurs went ahead and made the decision to call-up Larry Owens (photo, with ball) from the NBA D-League’s Tulsa 66ers, a source told FanHouse, to once again come in line with the league’s mandate of having at least 13 players on each team’s roster. Draft Express first reported on Twitter that Owens was a call-up candidate of the Spurs.
One name confirmed to be on that list: Larry Owens, a 6-foot-7 forward currently playing for the Development League’s Tulsa 66ers. According to a Tweet from Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, the Spurs are poised to make Owens the first call-up of the just-completed D- League Showcase at South Padre Island. In a text to the Express-News, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said a final decision has not been reached on Owens, but acknowledged the 28-year-old former Oral Roberts standout was on the team’s radar. “He’s under strong consideration,” Buford said. “In a small group.”