Hornets Add NINE Players to Training Camp Roster

Published: December 9, 2011

From the Hornets–

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed nine free agents (Brian Butch, Justin Dentmon, Jerome Dyson, Moses Ehambe, Carldell Johnson, Trey Johnson, DaJuan Summers, Lance Thomas and Terrico White). Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. The addition of the players puts the training camp roster at 15 thus far.

Butch (6-11, 240) sat out the 2010-11 season with a knee injury sustained last summer as a member of the Denver Nuggets. Butch has NBA experience with the Memphis Grizzlies summer league team and the Boston Celtics veteran minicamp, but has never appeared in a game. The Wisconsin product has played professionally in Greece, Spain, China and Germany during his career. During the 2009 season, he played for the Bakersfield Jam averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds earning a spot on the D-League Western Conference All-Star Team where he was named MVP.

Dentmon (5-11, 185) played in 50 games (35 starts) for the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League last season averaging 19.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds. The University of Washington product was selected as a member of the 2011 USA Men’s Basketball team that took home a Bronze medal in the Pan American Games this fall.

Dyson (6-3, 180) has appeared in six games (all starts) for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League this season averaging 19.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds. During the 2010-11 season with the 66ers, the UCONN product played in 47 games (10 starts) averaging 15.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Ehamber (6-6, 215) has played in 125 career games in the NBA D-League over four seasons with Tulsa, Iowa and Austin. This season, the Oral Roberts product has averaged 21.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in six games (all starts). Ehamber finished last season with the Toros, averaging 10.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10 games.

Trey Johnson (6-5, 218) has played in 12 games over three seasons in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Lakers with averages of 3.2 points and 0.9 assists. He appeared in three playoff games for the Lakers in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, averaging 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds. In 10 preseason games with the Hornets and Lakers, the Jackson State product averaged 3.4 points and 1.5 rebounds. He has spent the majority of his professional career with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League. In 114 career games (92 starts) with the Jam, Johnson has averaged 20.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Carldell Johnson (5-10, 180) has appeared in 195 career games (102 starts) with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League since 2007, averaging 8.0 points and 4.4 assists. In four games this season with Austin, he is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 assists. The New Orleans native appeared in 46 games (all starts) for the Toros last season, averaging 12.3 points and a career-high 6.0 assists.

Summers (6-8, 240) was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft (35th overall) by the Detroit Pistons. In 66 career games (one start) he has averages of 3.2 points and 1.0 rebounds in 9.2 minutes with Detroit. The Georgetown product signed with Montepaschi Siena in Italy in July of 2011, but parted ways with the team in October after averaging 4.0 points in four games with the team.

Thomas (6-8, 225) played for the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League the last two seasons. The Duke product averaged 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in four games this season for Austin. In the 2010-11 season, he averaged 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 46 games.

White (6-5, 213) was drafted in the second round (36th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. In his first preseason appearance, White fractured his right foot and missed the remainder of his rookie season. The Ole Miss product averaged 15.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 35 games (34 starts) his sophomore season in Oxford before declaring for the NBA Draft.

2011 New Orleans Hornets Training Camp Roster

As of 12/9/11

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Prior to NBA/Home Country Yrs

1 Trevor Ariza G-F 6-8 210 6/30/85 UCLA/USA 7

32 Brian Butch C 6-11 240 12/22/84 Wisconsin/USA R

5 Justin Dentmon G 5-11 185 9/5/85 Washington/USA R

10 Jerome Dyson G 6-3 180 5/1/87 Connecticut/USA R

31 Moses Ehambe F 6-6 215 5/22/86 Oral Roberts/USA R

22 Patrick Ewing Jr. F 6-8 240 5/20/84 Georgetown/USA 1

2 Jarrett Jack G 6-3 197 10/28/83 Georgia Tech/USA 6

0 Carldell Johnson G 5-10 180 1/28/83 Alabama-Birmingham/USA R

12 Trey Johnson G 6-5 215 8/30/84 Jackson State/USA 2

50 Emeka Okafor F-C 6-10 255 9/28/82 Connecticut/USA 7

3 Chris Paul G 6-0 175 5/6/85 Wake Forest/USA 6

20 Quincy Pondexter F 6-6 225 3/10/88 Washington/USA 1

35 DaJuan Summers F 6-8 240 1/24/88 Georgetown/USA 2

42 Lance Thomas F 6-8 225 4/24/88 Duke/USA R

21 Terrico White G 6-5 213 3/7/90 Mississippi/USA R


  1. Jay Stan

    December 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Keep Jerome Dyson I remember this kid when him and A.J Price were in the backcourt before he got hurt he was putting up big numbers.

  2. RobertM320

    December 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? and Who?

  3. Justafan

    December 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    The most ridiculous lineup of “pro” talent we could come up with. This is absurd. Yet we want people to be in. Be In for what? This will be the laughing stock of the NBA. What a joke Stern has turned this team into.

  4. StefanC

    December 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    With this roster, we don’t need to tank a season. They can play their hardest, and we still got a top pick.

    • onetwentyeight

      December 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      What is wrong with that???!!!!

      Bet Harrison Barnes would look awfully spiffy in the teal & gold. (or say, Austin rivers anyone?)

      • jmbell

        December 10, 2011 at 12:06 am

        Or Jared Sullinger, Michael Gilchrist, Andre Drummond, the list of potential stars goes on and on

      • jmbell

        December 10, 2011 at 12:12 am

        To be become good, you have to be really rich (LA, MIA, NY), or really bad (SEA, ORL, NOLA-pre Chris Paul)

      • HiMyNameisSteven

        December 10, 2011 at 12:51 am

        I like anthony davis best. no way to jared sullinger or kidd-gilchrist

      • jmbell

        December 10, 2011 at 2:48 am

        Forgot about him. And Terrence Jones. And Marquis Teague. This is why Kyrie Irving was smart to come out early when he had the best chance of getting the number 1 pick.

  5. PP3istheMVP

    December 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Woah guys chill. This is nowhere near the team we are going to have when the season starts, Demps and Monty are just looking for some rare hidden gems and once we get the assets from the looming CP3 trade we will be fielding a team that will resemble more of an NBA team not a D-League one.

  6. sundance

    December 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    “The Hornets have also tendered an offer to restricted free agent shooting guard Marco Belinelli, though he was not expected to report yet as it was not clear whether another team would bid for him.”

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/basketball/nba/wires/12/09/2030.ap.bkn.hornets.1st.ld.writethru.0486/index.html#ixzz1g6J2WiIf

  7. Taylor

    December 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    You guys are idiots. Maybe 2 people from this list will make the team. Stopping posting ridiculous comments as if these guys will be in the rotation this season.

    • Jason Calmes

      December 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Right conclusion stated in the wrong way.

  8. NOS-3rd Gen

    December 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    guys this isn’t the final roster you know. its the preseason plus theres rumor that the Lakers, Rockets, & Hornets trade ,might come back on!!!

    • NOH Domination

      December 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

      BOOOOOOOOOOOO….. unless the Hornets get younger players or more draft picks out of it.

  9. Andrew Smith

    December 10, 2011 at 4:56 am

    The only one i know is the dunk master Terrico White

  10. MaskedTalent

    December 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Dell Demps was about to resign after the deal was shot down. http://youtu.be/MwwZtmcFK-U

    Must Watch this everybody!

  11. nola70118

    December 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I’m in.

  12. Brandon

    December 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Random but heres my proposed rockets/lakers/hornets three team trade
    Hornets Get: Andrew Bynum/Kevin Martin/Dontas Montiejunas/Knicks first round pick/Lakers 2013 first round pick

    Rockets get: Emeka/Gasol/Lakers First round pick

    Lakers get: Chris Paul/Luis Scola/Hasheem Thabeet

    The league wants the hornets to recieve younger players and more draft picks. The lakers should just get a high quality center. Like Marc Gasol or Nene. I have confidence in Bynum.
    Jack/FA/(Kendall Marshall hopefully)
    Martin/Bellinelli/Trey Johnson
    Ariza/Pondexter/Ewing JR
    (Carl Landry hopefully) or any FA/FA
    Bynum/(Aaron Gray hopefully)

    The key for the hornets here is to be agressive in Free agency to get great role players to come off the bench like Pheonix does. Also, I think Rockets should like this better, and Lakers would have to be sure they’re getting a great center.

    • Brandon

      December 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

      I forgot to put Montiejunas at backup PF

    • NOH Domination

      December 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

      I like the idea of getting rid of emeka and his contract. At the very least the Hornets should’ve made the lakers do that in the first place. Plus we need younger players and better draft picks. Laker and Knick picks are going to be low first rounders. You can’t really build around those. We should get Houstons pick. It’ll be better than the knicks.

  13. Nick Malone

    December 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’m surprised this hasn’t been reported yet but David West is now a Boston Celtic. It was a sign and trade transaction where David is probably going to see the most money possible on the free agent wire at 3 years and 30 million dollars. In return, we’re getting back Jermaine O’Neal’s big contract and another player.

    I’m unsure as to whom that other player actually is. Jeff Green is still a free agent and an unlikely target for the Hornets. Glenn “Big Baby” Davis was traded down to Orlando for Brandon Bass. The rest of their roster outside of the main cogs pretty much looks like ours of free agent training camp scraps that probably won’t make the regular season roster.

    If we are getting say Brandon Bass in return then this is a huge score. I love Bass physicality down in the paint and as a backup Powerforward can really provide that thump on the second unit if he is coming to us in return. In a backup role, he got 11 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. He’s the perfect asset we can actually use that we wouldn’t need Landry back in return if he was the option we got back and he’s a much cheaper option.

    If we don’t get Bass then it’ll probably be E’Tuwan Moore or some other shitty backup that might not even make the squad. I think this is contingent on pulling off the Paul trade and gettin Scola in return. Scola pretty much is comprable to West while averaging 18-8 last year with Houston. The trade really isn’t that bad that keeps us competitve if it goes down while keeping this team in a mood that will keep people excited to see this Hornets squad.

    Anyways, It’s probably just a pipe dream but I hope this happens.

    I’m Nick Malone.

    Other than DeJuan Summers and Trey Johnson, I have no clue who anybody is. Not likely they’ll challenge anybody for a roster spot but I’m laughing at these teams giving away these big contracts to guys like Caron Butler and Gary Neal. Role players at best but this clealry isn’t what the NBA CBA was supposed to fix. I still support Dell but please don’t give a guy like Jamal Crawford an almost max contract. I’ll cry.

  14. Jt's Hoops Blog

    December 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    The Hornets are a house of cards that aregoing to get blown away. Sooner or latter it will fall. It’s just a matter of when.

    • Jason Calmes

      December 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      So you predict no more than 65 wins?

  15. MelDee

    December 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    no seven footers?

  16. David

    December 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Rockets end of the deal is the same. I’m betting that we get Bynum instead of odom, send okafor to LA and get a young playervand the lakers draft pick. Works out better for us but shill stinks that stern stuck his nose into our business.

  17. David

    December 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Oneil will be flipped to someone else. Hopefully we get a pick and or bass. Only way the money will work.

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