Keith Bogans

The 7-15 New Jersey Nets have shown more life lately than they were earlier in the season, and on Tuesday they added some experienced help in the backcourt.

The team today signed free agent guard Keith Bogans, Nets General Manager Billy King announced.  Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.  To make room on the roster the Nets have waived forward Larry Owens.

“Keith will give us defensive toughness and experience,” said King.  “He will add depth and versatility to our perimeter.”

Bogans, an eight-year NBA veteran, started in all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11, averaging 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.8 minutes per game.  Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 43rd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, the University of Kentucky product began his career in Orlando, before moving on to Charlotte, Houston, Orlando again, Milwaukee, San Antonio and Chicago.  Overall, the 6-5 guard has played in 586 career games with averages of 6.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  He has appeared in 34 career playoff games, with averages of 4.7 points and 2.0 rebounds. Bogans started all 16 postseason contests for Chicago in 2011 and led the league in postseason three-point shooting, hitting on 42.4% of his shots from behind the arc.

Owens, who signed as a free agent on January 18, played in seven games with the Nets, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.