Squeaky Johnson May Back Up Jarrett Jack
Since the New Orleans Hornets opened training camp earlier this month, New Orleans native Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson has tried to set himself apart as he attempts to earn a roster spot as a free agent. He has hustled and defended tough, and he scored 10 points in 12 minutes in last week’s preseason opener at Memphis, all catching Coach Monty Williams’ attention.
Although Williams’ priority is to see how well newly acquired guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman and forward Al-Farouq Aminu can get acclimated with their new teammates before the season starts, the backup point guard spot remains open.
Hornets General Manager Dell Demps could look to sign a veteran to back up Jarrett Jack, but Johnson wants to prove he can fill the role despite having no NBA experience. He has played the previous four seasons in the NBA Development League with the Austin Toros.
Free agents Trey Johnson and Jerome Dyson are also vying for the backup spot.