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Pacers Sign Davon Reed To Two-Way Deal, Cut C.J. Wilcox

OCTOBER 19: The Pacers have officially signed Reed and waived Wilcox, the club announced today in a press release.

OCTOBER 18: Former Suns guard Davon Reed intends to sign a two-way contract with the Pacers once he clears waivers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). Reed, who was officially cut by Phoenix on Tuesday, will have a clear path to sign with Indiana as a free agent if he goes unclaimed today.

Reed, 23, was the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 draft, but missed a significant chunk of his rookie season due to a knee injury. In total, he appeared in just 21 games in 2017/18, averaging 3.0 PPG and 1.9 RPG on .289/.289/.667 shooting.

While there was some uncertainty about his place on the Suns’ roster heading into the summer due to his lost rookie season and the partial guarantee on his 2018/19 salary, Reed played well in five Summer League games in Las Vegas, posting 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, and a .489 FG% in Vegas. That Summer League showing helped earn Reed the rest of his ’18/19 guarantee and secure his roster spot temporarily, but he was Phoenix’s final cut this week when the club signed Jamal Crawford.

Although Reed was on a minimum salary, he had a four-year contract and wasn’t signed using the minimum salary exception, meaning a team would need cap room or a trade exception in order to claim him off waivers. As such, a claim is not expected.

Assuming he finalizes his deal with the Pacers, who were intrigued by the Miami guard leading up to the 2017 draft, as Scott Agness of The Athletic tweets, Reed will join Edmond Sumner as the two-way players on Indiana’s roster. C.J. Wilcox had also signed a two-way contract with the Pacers during the summer, but he’ll miss the entire 2018/19 campaign after suffering a torn Achilles during an offseason workout.

Turner Discusses Extension; Doyel Explores Pritchard/Oladipo Connection

  • Myles Turner‘s new $72MM deal with the Pacers was the other rookie scale extension finalized on Monday, and Turner was happy to secure his long-term future in Indiana, as Mike Williams of The Indianapolis Star details. “I love this city, I love the fans,” Turner said on Tuesday. “I just love how much the whole state takes a pride in basketball. … I can’t see myself anywhere else.”
  • Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star explores the connection between Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard and Victor Oladipo, the star Pritchard acquired in last year’s Paul George trade.

Edmond Sumner Impresses Young

  • Pacers power forward Thaddeus Young believes two-way player Edmond Sumner is worthy of a standard contract, as he told Scott Agness of The Athletic (Twitter link). “He’s done very, very well. He has exceeded all expectations,” Young said. Summer appeared in 14 G League games and one with the Pacers last season. The 6’6” combo guard out of Xavier averaged 9.0 PPG in four preseason games but will likely spend the bulk of his second season with Fort Wayne once again.

Pacers Sign Myles Turner To Four-Year Extension

5:20pm: The Pacers have officially finalized Turner’s new deal, issuing a press release to announce the extension. The contract will have flat cap hits of $18MM across four years, starting in 2019/20, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, who notes that the $8MM in incentives are classified as unlikely (Twitter link). The deal features no team or player options, adds Michael Scotto of The Athletic (via Twitter).

4:24pm: Turner and the Pacers are now in agreement on a four-year, $72MM extension that can be worth up to $80MM via incentives, reports Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

3:05pm: Turner and the Pacers are still going back and forth on the exact details of a four-year deal in the $70MM+ range, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Wojnarowski notes that the extension is expected to be completed before today’s 5:00pm CT deadline.

2:47pm: The Pacers have reached an agreement on a rookie scale contract extension for Myles Turner in advance of today’s deadline, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). According to Charania, Turner will sign a new four-year deal worth $80MM. The extension will begin in 2019/20, keeping the young center off next summer’s restricted free agent market.

The 11th overall pick in 2015, Turner appeared to be on the verge of a breakout heading into the 2017/18 campaign after posting 14.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 2.1 BPG in his second NBA season. However, nagging injuries and the arrival of fellow center Domantas Sabonis helped limit Turner’s impact — he averaged just 12.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, and 1.8 BPG in 65 games.

By all accounts, Turner had a productive offseason and looks to be healthy and in great shape entering the 2018/19 campaign. The Pacers are clearly confident in the strides that their longest-tenured player has made, based on the reported terms of his new deal.

While we’ll wait on the specifics to see if there are any incentives or options that impact the overall value of Turner’s extension, an average annual value of $20MM per year would top Clint Capela‘s new contract with the Rockets, which maxes out at $90MM over five years with incentives. Turner’s new deal will fall short of the rookie scale extensions signed in recent years by centers like Rudy Gobert and Steven Adams, who got about $24-25MM annually.

Turner’s new extension will cut into Indiana’s cap room for 2019, but the club had less than $40MM in guaranteed salaries on its books for 2019/20 prior to today’s agreement. The Pacers should still have significant space available next July, as contracts expire for veterans like Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, Tyreke Evans, and Cory Joseph.

Turner is the fourth player to agree to a rookie scale extension this offseason, joining Devin Booker (Suns), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves), and Justise Winslow (Heat).

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T.J. Leaf's Potential Role This Season

Pacers Sign, Waive Demetrius Denzel-Dyson

1:24pm: Approximately two hours after announcing his signing, the Pacers have waived Denzel-Dyson, according to the team.

While that may seem cruel, Denzel-Dyson is certainly on board — he should be in line for a bonus worth up to $50K as a result of his short stint on the NBA roster, assuming he signed an Exhibit 10 contract and spends at least two months with Indiana’s G League affiliate.

11:33am: The Pacers have signed free agent guard Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, the team announced today in a press release. The move increases Indiana’s roster count to 18 players for now.

Denzel-Dyson, who went undrafted out of Samford University this spring, averaged 15.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 1.1 APG in 30.8 minutes per contest during his senior year.

I expect Denzel-Dyson’s stay with the Pacers will be very brief. The team doesn’t have room for him on its regular season roster, and likely envisions him as a candidate to play for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Indiana’s G League affiliate. He can be designated as an affiliate player by the Pacers if he’s cut and clears waivers.

Pacers Waive Omari Johnson, Elijah Stewart

The Pacers have reduced their roster to 17 players, announcing today in a press release that they’ve waived forward Omari Johnson and guard Elijah Stewart. Both players were on non-guaranteed camp deals, so Indiana’s cap won’t be impacted by the moves.

Johnson, who will turn 29 in November, appeared in the first four games of his NBA career for the Grizzlies last season, averaging 5.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 1.8 APG. The 6’9″ forward has been solid in the G League, recording 15.9 PPG and 6.6 RPG with a .450/.401/.703 shooting line in 143 career NBAGL contests. He was waived by Memphis in June and joined the Pacers in September, appearing in one preseason game for the club.

Stewart, a 6’5″ shooting guard out of USC, signed with the Pacers in July after going undrafted in June. He averaged 11.7 PPG on .453/.391/.844 shooting in his senior year. In each of his four seasons with the Trojans, Stewart attempted more shots from beyond the three-point arc than from inside it. He appeared in a pair of preseason contests for Indiana.

The Pacers now have 15 players on standard contracts and two on two-way deals, so no further moves are required to reach the regular season roster limit, though that doesn’t mean the team will be inactive in the coming days.

One of Indiana’s two-way players, C.J. Wilcox, recently suffered a torn Achilles and is expected to be cut at some point. It also remains to be seen if Ben Moore, who has a partial guarantee worth $45K, will make the 15-man roster to start the regular season.

2018/19 Over/Unders: Central Division

The 2018/19 NBA regular season will get underway in just five days, which means it’s time to get serious about predictions for the upcoming campaign. With the help of the lines from Bovada and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, we’re running through the predicted win totals for each of the NBA’s 30 teams, by division, to have you weigh in on whether you think those forecasts are too optimistic or too pessimistic.

Having started with the Atlantic and Southwest divisions this week, we’re moving onto the Central today…

Indiana Pacers

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Milwaukee Bucks

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Detroit Pistons

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Cleveland Cavaliers

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Chicago Bulls

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Previous voting results:

Atlantic:

  • Boston Celtics (59.5 wins): Over (53.63%)
  • Toronto Raptors (55.5 wins): Over (56.95%)
  • Philadelphia 76ers (54.5 wins): Under (51.19%)
  • Brooklyn Nets (31.5 wins): Under (56.04%)
  • New York Knicks (28.5 wins): Under (54.13%)

Southwest:

  • Houston Rockets (56.5 wins): Over (69.33%)
  • New Orleans Pelicans (45.5 wins): Under (53.4%)
  • San Antonio Spurs (44.5 wins): Under (60%)
  • Dallas Mavericks (34.5 wins): Over (55.16%)
  • Memphis Grizzlies (34.5 wins): Under (60.87%)

2018 Offseason In Review: Indiana Pacers

Hoops Rumors is breaking down the 2018 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, revisiting the summer’s free agent signings, trades, draft picks, departures, and more. We’ll evaluate each team’s moves from the last several months and look ahead to what the 2018/19 season holds for all 30 franchises. Today, we’re focusing on the Indiana Pacers.

Signings:

  • Standard contracts:

  • Two-way contracts:
  • Non-guaranteed camp contracts:

Trades:

  • None

Draft picks:

  • 1-23: Aaron Holiday — Signed to rookie contract.
  • 2-50: Alize Johnson — Signed to two-year, minimum salary contract. First year guaranteed. Signed using minimum salary exception.

Departing players:

Other offseason news:

Salary cap situation:

  • Used cap space; now over the cap.
  • Carrying approximately $106.2MM in guaranteed salaries.
  • No cap exceptions left besides minimum salary exception.

Check out the Indiana Pacers’ full roster and depth chart at RosterResource.com.


Story of the summer:

Armed with upwards of $20MM in cap room, the Pacers entered the offseason in a rare position — not only were they coming off an impressive 48-win season and retaining all their most important pieces, but they were also in position to add another impact player.

However, despite some rumors about a few top-tier free agents – including Aaron Gordon – the Pacers ultimately took a similar approach to free agency to the one they took in previous years. Rather than using all that cap space in a single player, Indiana spread the wealth, adding a few veteran free agents to their roster on deals in the neighborhood of the mid-level.

Tyreke Evans, Doug McDermott, and Kyle O’Quinn should fit in well on a roster that overachieved in 2017/18. Evans and O’Quinn have spent most of their respective careers on lottery teams and will be willing to play whatever roles are needed in order to get to the postseason. McDermott, meanwhile, has to be thrilled about getting a three-year commitment from a team that will be his fifth since the start of the 2016/17 season.

Those veteran additions flew under the NBA radar during an offseason that saw stars like LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard change teams, but they make perfect sense for a Pacers team looking to build on last season’s success without breaking the bank or compromising future flexibility.

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Tyreke Evans Explains Decision To Sign With Pacers

An unrestricted free agent over the summer, Tyreke Evans received interest from teams like the Hornets and Lakers, but elected to join the Pacers. As J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star relays, the fact that the Pacers won 48 games and gave the eventual Eastern champs all they could handle in the postseason played a significant role in Evans’ decision.

“I figured out with the run they had, watching how they played and how the chemistry was, I thought I would fit well,” Evans said of the Pacers. “Even though a lot of people think it was a Cinderella run for them, I watch basketball a lot and I could tell the heart they played with in that first round. Throughout the season they played hard every night. I saw the fight in them. I wanted to be a part of that.”

Evans also said that he has no problem playing for a smaller-market team, noting that he could’ve ended up in L.A. but felt like the Pacers were a better fit for him.