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.