The Nets announced today that they will not resign Dennis Horner to another 10-day contract and instead signed Armon Johnson to one. Johnson will become the 22nd player to wear a Nets uniform this season, the most in the NBA. He is a point guard and may backup Deron Williams due to the very poor play of late from Sundiata Gaines.
One reason that Horner is returning to the D-League is that he was barely playing with the Nets, and the Springfield Armor, the Nets D-League affiliate, are beginning their run in the D-League playoffs. The Armor are the one-seed in the east and are in the D-League playoffs for the first time in their short history. Horner was a big part of that team the whole year, and I’m sure he is not too unhappy to leave the NBA to return to a place where he will play more than 3 minutes at the end of 4th quarters of garbage time games. Horner probably won’t return this season, but we may see him again in the future.
Armon Johnson will become the 7th player this year to play a game for both a D-League team and the Nets. That just shows how bad and unlucky with injuries the Nets have been this year. Johnson received yet another 10 day contract, which the Nets have really become fans of giving out. For those of you who have never heard of Johnson (like me), he is a 6’3 guard out of Nevada. He is 23 years old and was the 34th pick of the 2010 draft by Portland. He played 38 games for the Blazers last season, but just one this season, and he spent the majority of the season with the Idaho Stampede of the D-League. Last season, he shot over 40% from 3, but under 60% from the foul line, so we really have no idea if he is a reliable shooter. All we can hope for is that he will be more effective than Sundiata and maybe he will prove to be a capable NBA player.