New Orleans Hornets Waive Trey Johnson

Published: January 27, 2012

The Hornets have waived shooting guard Trey Johnson.

Trey Johnson


The Hornets have waived Trey Johnson. Johnson appeared in 11 regular season games this season, averaging just under two points and just over one rebound per game in five and a half minutes per contest. He was 8-14 on the year from the field and 5-5 from the line.

The Jackson State University product has appeared in 23 career NBA games in three seasons of play with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and Hornets. He has career averages of 2.6 points and 0.9 rebounds in 7.3 minutes of play.

The Hornets roster now stands at 14, meaning they now have room to take on another player now in either a trade or via free agency. This move, in combination with the sitting of Chris Kaman on Wednesday night, will likely fuel speculation that Dell Demps has a signing or trade up his sleeve.


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  1. David

    January 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Kaman is about to be swapped for two guys, probably a young asset and a smaller expiring contract to make the numbers work. This frees up a spot for the two for one swap

    • Mason Ginsberg

      January 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      My initial thought upon hearing the news was something along these lines as well. Why else clear a roster spot?

      • David

        January 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        Who is injured and looking for big guys? Philly, Memphis, Milwaukee come to mind. I’m waiting for that Iguadala for Ariza/Kaman deal to go through LOL.

  2. NEUIL

    January 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The best player ON the bench! I’ll be missing You!

  3. Tim

    January 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    What about… Kaman+Landry for Josh Smith+Hinrich?

  4. Andrew Smith

    January 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    @$*$@UY!I@U%#I! I liked trey johnson’s style of play, wish he could of stayed on the roster

    • Jason Calmes

      January 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Gave you the thumbs up for standing by your man in the face of pressure to be happy.

      There’s hope for you yet, Andrew.

  5. David

    January 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    @ Tim, that’s great, but unless you get the Atlanta Hawks GM job tonight I don’t see that one happening bro…

    • Tim

      January 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Yeah, haha. Pretty big stretch…

    • Okithor

      January 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm


  6. bee dat

    January 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    to phil for nocioni and evan turner ***(wishful thinking)***

  7. bee dat

    January 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    to bos for joneal and avery bradley?

    • cp3pdx

      January 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Throw in Chris Wilcox and it works under the cap. I think its realistic. Boston desperately needs someone better than Oneal at center, I bet they will give away an asset like Bradley, Steimsma (young cheap shot blocker) or a pick

  8. bee dat

    January 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    to nj for memo okur and brook lopez?

  9. bee dat

    January 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    to hou for thabeet and jonny flynn?

  10. edbballin504

    January 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Ummm….thats not Trey on that picture! lol

    • Andrew Smith

      January 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      During preseason he wore #11 then it was changed to #12 during the regular season

  11. bee dat

    January 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    to gs for b rush kwame and a pick?

    • edbballin504

      January 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      I could see us trying to land Rush. Considering he wasnt extended before the deadline, it may indicate GSW is willing to give him up.

      • Ryan

        January 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        yea lets trade for kwame who’s most likely done for the season smart move

  12. bee dat

    January 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    with vasquez to atl for heinrich pachulia and a pick?

  13. edbballin504

    January 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    If I was a betting man, I’d bet Kaman is headed to MIL. They appear to be the most desperate of the bunch for a quality center and have the young assets Demps might be willing to take a chance with. If I am right, I’d be surprised not to see Shaun Livingston in the deal.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Timely conjecture, Ed. Nice.

    • Bee dat

      January 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      disagree, mil not looking competitive this year, doubt they give up any youth

  14. Rory

    January 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I like all the D-League guys who came up and worked their tails off. That said, I have faith that Dell has something cooking…

    Hopefully, Trey lands somewhere.

  15. Eli

    January 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Yeah, thats a picture of jerome dyson not trey johnson.

  16. Trey

    January 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Hey guys! Maybe the hornets may have cut johnson for J.R smith!? Now im just speculating but you never know!! Foreign basketball ends Feb. 16. I may get thumbed down for this but think about it. Monty could make jr work on defense we would have a scorer to start in place of gordon instead of marco. And then when gordon would come back we could have a scorer off the bench and one on the court! Im just saying!!

    • cloud520

      January 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      JR Smith is a loud, obnoxious, ball hog who has no idea what “teamwork” or defense means. Just look at Denver this year. They play much better ball without him launching shots from everywhere.

      • Trey

        January 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        Hmmmm never mind then! he does have alot of talent though!

  17. Brandon G.

    January 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    If you look at ESPN’s nba trade machine, the only 2 competing teams that can afford Kaman’s contract in a straight trade would be Indiana (maybe trading Louis Amundson and a low 1st round pick) or Portland (in a deal involving Marcus Camby’s expiring). Neither Boston nor Atlanta have the cap room to realistically take on Kamen’s contract w/o going over the luxury tax.

    • Nik

      January 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      how about a bogut for okafor trade? that will work with the kaman must be traded alone rule… There will probably need to be some fillers or picks going either way but would that be something the hornets should look at?

      • Ryan

        January 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        why trade for bouget when the guy can’t stay healthy for an entire season

  18. hornyets

    January 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Thought Trey was a decent bench player who barely got the minutes he deserved. Hope the bigger picture ends up looking good.

  19. 504ever

    January 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I think many of you WAY overestimate the value of a big who can’t play inside and is a turnover machine: Kaman.

    Also, you aren’t staying with the obvious parameters of the trade, Kaman for two players (with or without receiving draft picks). Some of you are even putting players in the trade the Hornets are obviously keeping: Landry or Okafor.

    We will probably have to take back someone’s garbage, hopefully an expiring contract, to get any other piece with real long term value.

    • 504ever

      January 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      And the more I think about it, we only have playing time at starting PG, or back-up PG, for a quick on offense and defense PG. I’ll be interested to see if that is what we get.

  20. cp3pdx

    January 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    What about Kaman to Dallas for Odom? They need a center and seem about ready to give up on Lamar. He has struggled this year, but no worse than Kaman, and we all know Lamar still has the talent. And remember, it wasn’t that long ago we built our CP3 package around him.

    And if he continues to struggle after we get him, we waive him (next year is only partially guaranteed.) If we can get Dallas to throw in an asset like Roddy (pipe dream) or a pick (likely), then I am all for this deal.

    • cp3pdx

      January 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      We would have to wait till Feb 11 to get Roddy or Jones along with him though.

    • Bee dat

      January 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      i was thinking about that too, who they could include in a deal with roddy, but doubt theyd give him up. less likely on odom whos so depressed about being traded to world champs, he wouldnt even report if they traded him here

      • Bee dat

        January 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm


        three way trade, maybe send odom on to clips for bledsoe and filler, get lamar back to lalaland to get his revenge on lakes and live hollywwood life he loves

        i love thatl idea and dallas soes need a center badly, more than they need odom

      • cp3pdx

        January 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        I like it. If we take back Foye and Cook along with Bledsoe it should work $ wise. 2 expirings + a young pg with the P word

  21. JC

    January 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Trey was a huge asset to the Hornets, on and off the court. SWAC player of the year with a career high of 49 points & D-league standout. This kid didnt get the minutes he deserved. Shooting over 57% percent for the Hornets & bringing fans from Ms to New Orleans. Trey is a hard worker who deserves to be in the NBA.

  22. David

    January 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Kaman is ridiculously valuable to a contender. There aren’t many healthy, under 30, 7 foot, former all star centers w/ 14 million dollar expiring contracts just walking the streets. Dude turns the ball over a little too much, true, but he has a good post game, nice face up J, can finish with both hands, rebounds the ball, blocks shots and gives good effort on the defensive end. You think a contender won’t give up a young player and a late first round pick for that? Indiana is fairly obvious as a destination.

    A darkhorse? Detroit. Kaman is from Michigan, went to school @ Western Michigan, and lives up there in the off-season. Detroit has been an undersized team since Wallace left, and they have a glut of young wing guys. They probably feel he could be re-signed at a decent rate, and Monroe can play next to him at his natural PF position instead of as an undersized center. Problem is, what asset do they give up? Do they trade last year’s #1 Brandon Knight or Austin Daye? Obviously they won’t throw in this years 1st round pick because it will be a high lottery pick. Maybe a future 1? Daye or Knight and a few 2nd round picks? I don’t know how much they value those young guys. Jason Maxiell has a 5million expiring contract to make the math work. I’m anxious to see what ole Dell Demps has up his sleeve.

    • Ryan

      January 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      if we go with detriot why don’t we try to bring the home town kid and get monroe and than try to swing a deal involving mek with other teams and than go from there

  23. chris

    January 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

    We need to trade to team that may make playoffs but we hope don’t. That’s what I am thinking. A Boston, Phil, Clev, SA, Hou.

    I actually think Boston could be the move for a 1st rounder, wilcox, Wallace contract.

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