Orlando Johnson to sign 10-day contract once the buyout for Jimmer Fredette is completed
SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Kings are expected to sign shooting guard Orlando Johnson on Wednesday, once they complete a buyout of Jimmer Fredette, two sources tell News10.
Fredette and the Kings were still negotiating a buyout on to release the former BYU star on Tuesday evening. Kings head coach Michael Malone said before Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets that Fredette and the team will likely part ways on Wednesday.
According to two sources with knowledge of the situation who are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, Sacramento will then sign Johnson, who was recently waived by the Indiana Pacers. The signing is believed to be a 10-day contract.
Fredette, in his third NBA season was excused by the team and was not in Sleep Train Arena during Tuesday's game against Houston. His dressing area was cleared out inside the Kings locker room.
Johnson, who will turn 25 in two weeks, was a casualty of the Pacers trade of Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen last Thursday. Johnson was cut to clear a roster spot.
The Kings originally drafted Johnson in the second-round of the NBA Draft in 2012 with the 36th overall-pick, before flipping him to the Pacers in exchange for cash. He played at UC Santa Barbara before entering the draft as a senior.
The 6-foot-5 Johnson was averaging 2.4 points through 38 games with a very talented Pacers team. He began the season filling in as a wing player, but his playing time diminished with the return of Granger, who began the season on the injured list.
Johnson had even requested an assignment to the NBA Development League to get more playing time.
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