The Milwaukee Bucks officially announced the signings of both guard Orlando Johnson and forward J.J. O’Brien on Thursday.
Johnson, 6-5, has played in the NBA for parts of three seasons after being drafted early in the second-round by the Sacramento Kings out of U.C. Santa Barbara in 2012. His rights were immediately dealt to the Indiana Pacers, where he spent a season-and-a-half. He appeared in 51 games off the bench as a rookie, but spent the majority of his second season in the NBA D-League.
The Pacers then waived him in February 2014 before he opted to sign a 10-day deal with the Kings.
He was well-traveled during the 2014-2015 season, spending parts of the campaign playing for the Austin Spurs of the D-League as well as Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Spain and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the Philippines. Johnson returned to the NBA in February 2016 on a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns.
Following another brief stint with Austin, the New Orleans Pelicans signed him to another 10-day as they battled a slew of injuries. In 103 NBA games, Johnson has averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per. He has averaged 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and three assists in 80 career D-League appearances as well.
After going undrafted out of San Diego State, O’Brien spent the 2015-2016 campaign with the Idaho Stampede in the D-League. In 46 games there, the 6-7 forward averaged 14.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists. This summer, he played for the Utah Jazz at the Utah Summer League and the Brooklyn Nets in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The Bucks are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season that saw them finish 33-49 and in last place in the Central Division.