Former Pacer Orlando Johnson joining Warriors’ Summer League entry

Orlando Johnson brings the ball up in the Knox Indy Pro Am.

Orlando Johnson will join the Golden State Warriors for Summer League play, the former Pacer told VigilantSports.com.

The Warriors are participating in the Las Vegas Summer League, which runs from July 11-21 and includes 24 teams. The Pacers opt to play in Orlando one week prior.

After being waived by the Pacers as a result of the team’s trade-deadline deal with the 76ers in February, Johnson joined the Sacramento Kings in early March for two 10-day contracts. He received minimal playing time in the seven games he saw the floor.

Now, Johnson is once again trying to stick on an NBA team. He certainly has the talent, and still has plenty of room for growth. But as a shooting guard, his shooting percentage dropped below 35 percent during his second season with the Pacers this past year. He frequently was the last player off the practice floor, but he also seemed to developed a hitch in his shot that needed to be worked out.

The Pacers drafted the 6-foot-5 shooting guard with the 36th pick in the 2012 Draft, a pick they bought from the Kings. A very grounded individual, Johnson quickly became a favorite in the locker room and his absence was felt in the latter months of last season after he was waived.

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