Orlando Johnson To Play In Spain

WEDNESDAY, 1:06pm: Johnson has switched gears and has agreed to play for Laboral Kuxta of Spain, reports David Pick of Eurobasket.com (Twitter link). Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia confirms the news (on Twitter). The team is presumably the Spanish club that made the lucrative offer that Pick identified earlier.

5:45pm: David Pick of Eurobasket.com suggests (on Twitter) that Johnson had a more lucrative opportunity from a Spanish team, but that the wing’s representatives pushed him toward Enel Brindisi.

SATURDAY, 8:40am: Johnson and Enel Brindisi are finalizing the deal, reports Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Carchia notes that it’s a one-year pact.

FRIDAY, 12:30pm: Former Pacers and Kings swingman Orlando Johnson is leaning toward taking a deal with Enel Brindisi of Italy, Sportando’s Orazio Cauchi reports (Twitter link). The terms of a would-be deal aren’t immediately clear, but it would likely offer him more security than an NBA training camp invitation would.

Johnson spent a year and a half with the Pacers, who drafted him 36th overall in 2012, but Indiana waived him at the trade deadline when the acquisition of Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen for Danny Granger created a numbers crunch. The BDA Sports Management client latched on with Sacramento on a pair of 10-day contracts, and while it appeared as though the Kings were likely to keep him for the rest of the season once the second of those 10-day deals expired, the Kings went with Jared Cunningham instead.

There hasn’t been much NBA interest in Johnson since, as our rumors page for the 25-year-old shows, though Brose Baskets Bamberg of Germany eyed him in July, as Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia reported. Should he take the deal with Enel Brindisi, Johnson would join a group of 10 others who are heading overseas after appearing in the NBA last season, according to the Hoops Rumors Free Agent Tracker.

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