The Indiana Pacers announced on Thursday that they assigned reserve guard Orlando Johnson to their D-League affiliate in Fort Wayne. The Mad Ants play at home on Saturday night against the Sioux Falls Skyforce before hitting the road, so this may be a one-game stint for Johnson to flex his game muscles.
After having the opportunity to carve out some reserve guard minutes for the Pacers earlier in the year, Orlando Johnson hasn't played more than five minutes since early December with the bulk of those minutes at mop up time. Frank Vogel alternated reserve wing minutes between Solomon Hill and Johnson during the first two months of the season while Danny Granger was on the shelf, but eventually turned to veteran Rasual Butler. With Granger back, Vogel has kept his rotation at nine players, using veteran Rasual Butler as the foul-trouble/injury relief wing off the bench.
Johnson played four games in Fort Wayne last season, faring quite well by averaging over 23 points per game. Since he's in the last guaranteed year of his contract, Johnson will get a chance to show not only the Pacers, but other interested teams, what he can do on the court.
Solomon Hill played two games with Fort Wayne earlier in the year before becoming disgruntled and leaving due to a lack of playing time in the second game.
With Johnson up in Fort Wayne, the Pacers will also need a new hype man for their pre-game huddle after player intros.
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