The Indiana Pacers have waived second-year forward Georges Niang according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Niang only had $100,000 guaranteed on his contract for this season. The Pacers now have 14 contracts on the roster including Kevin Seraphin’s deal that becomes fully guaranteed on August 1st.
Niang sprained his knee in the opening minutes of Summer League this season during a time he was probably auditioning to keep his spot on the roster. With TJ Leaf and Domantas Sabonis added to the roster, Niang’s ideal position of power forward has become crowded.
Niang played in just 23 games in his rookie season after being drafted in the second round in 2016. In his four minutes per game, he scored just 0.9 points and added 0.7 rebounds and 0.2 assists.
Niang impressed in the Summer League last season, showing off his high basketball IQ on offense. It’s surprising he was never given a chance as the backup power forward last season as the Pacers struggled to find a good fit at that spot, struggling with double plodders for much of the season.
Niang’s defense likely kept him off the court as his limited athleticism causes his struggles on that end as Nate McMillan was reluctant to give the rookie playing time.