Orlando Johnson To Play In D-League

10:53pm: Johnson has been claimed off waivers by the Austin Toros, the affiliate of the Spurs, Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops (Twitter link) reports.

12:13pm: Former Pacers and Kings swingman Orlando Johnson has agreed to play in the D-League, reports Gino Pilato of D-League Digest (Twitter link). Johnson is available on D-League waivers, Pilato hears, so the identity of his D-League team has yet to be determined. He and Spain’s Baskonia parted ways in late October when the club signed Sasha Vujacic. Johnson appeared to have no shortage of European suitors when he chose to ink with Baskonia this past summer, but it appears the 36th overall pick from the 2012 NBA draft will return stateside.

Johnson failed to gain much traction in the NBA and spent much of his time with the then-contending Pacers on the bench. He saw just 10.5 minutes per game during his two seasons in the league, including a seven-game stint with the Kings while on a pair of 10-day contracts last spring. Indiana had cut him loose in a roster crunch at the trade deadline in February.

The 25-year-old will remain free to sign with any NBA team regardless of the D-League club that obtains him. He performed fairly well on the circuit before, putting up 19.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 34.6 minutes per game during seven contests while on assignment from the Pacers.

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