Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Updated: January 18, 8:49 PM ET
Nets call up Larry Owens
By Marc Stein and Mike Mazzeo
NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets have officially signed free-agent forward Larry Owens from the D-League'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 NBADL 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.
Johnson said James is still day to day. James will go through shootaround prior to Saturday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the team hopes to get him in a practice sometime after that.
The Nets also announced that they've assigned forward Jordan Williams to their D-League affiliate.
Owens made his NBA debut last season when he was called up by the San Antonio Spurs from Tulsa in January. He served out two 10-day contracts with the Spurs before joining the Washington Wizards in April and finishing the season with them.
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward is averaging 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in a little more than 34 minutes per game for Tulsa. Owens becomes the 16th NBA call-up from the D-League this season.
Horner captured the 15th and final spot on the Nets' roster after impressing during training camp. Horner had been playing with Springfield.
Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.