TULSA’S LARRY OWENS SIGNS WITH SAN ANTONIO SPURS

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 16, 2011 - The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Larry Owens from the Tulsa 66ers, the proud affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, to a 10-day contract. Owens is the second call-up of the 2010-11 D-League season.

It marks the second Tulsa player to be signed in a week. Last Sunday, point guard Zabian Dowdell was signed by the Phoenix Suns.

“Larry Owens has been a staple for what the 66ers stand for the past two seasons,” 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “He comes to work every day to improve and he is truly a professional. Everyone in Tulsa is excited and proud of him.”

Owens, a 6-7 forward, has spent the past two seasons with the 66ers. This year he started in all 23 games for Tulsa, averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31.1 minutes while shooting .462 (108-234) from the field, .373 (25-67) from three-point range and .743 (52-70) from the foul line. He has scored in double figures 18 times.

Last season Owens started all 50 games for the 66ers, averaging 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.3 minutes while leading the 66ers to the D-League Finals. Owens will be available for San Antonio’s game against Denver Sunday night.