Basketball Transfer Rumors: Orlando Johnson set to Return to the NBA
Milwaukee Bucks has reportedly agreed to hire the services of the former 2010 Big West Player of the Year winner Orlando Johnson.
According to Behind the Buck Pass, NBA writer Michael Scotto reported that the team and the 27-year-old veteran shooting guard have come to terms on a deal.
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Johnson recently played with the Chinese National Basketball League team Guangxi Rhinos, where he registered impressive averages of 36.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals per contest in the six official matches that he played for the team. He helped the Chinese club reach the quarterfinal round of the league but fell short of advancing to the semifinal stage after losing to Henan Shedian Laojiu.
Johnson, who is a native of Monterey, California, is listed as 6-foot-5-inches tall (1.96 meters) and weighs 220 pounds (100 kilograms). He is a former player for the University of California - Santa Barbara Gauchos. He led the team to the 2010 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament championship title and a NCAA appearance.
Johnson also played in the NBA with the New Orleans Pelicans making five of his seven appearances in the 2015-16 season of the league. He also had a short stint with the Phoenix Suns during the same season.
He was the 36th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft selected by the Sacramento Kings but was immediately traded to the Indiana Pacers, where he inked a multi-year deal. Johnson played a total of 51 official games with the Pacers and posted averages of 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.1 minutes of playing time.
Johnson has also played professionally in Italy (Enel Brindisi), Philippines (Barangay Ginebra), and in Spain (Laboral Kutxa).