Pacers invite Damien Wilkins to training camp

The Indiana Pacers have reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with Damien Wilkins according to multiple media outlets.

The contract is non-guaranteed, and he’ll be in competition for the final roster spot on the team. 

Even as just a training camp invite, it’s curious to use a spot on a 37-year-old wing that hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season as a rebuilding team. Wilkins last got a training camp invite with the Hornets in 2015-16 but was cut after three preseason games.

Kevin Pritchard said he wanted 17 players in camp which would mean two more players will be signed to compete for that final roster spot. It’d be surprising if those two players weren’t much younger guys. Ben Moore, undrafted out of SMU, is likely one of them as he was reported to have agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the team immediately after the draft had concluded.

Wilkins, 37, has been well traveled while being out of the league for four years. He spent last season in the D-League and had modest numbers for the Greensboro Swarm, averaging 14.8 points per game. This may be a deal to get him on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants roster.

Wilkins, nephew of 9-time All-Star Dominique Wilkins and son of 13-year NBA veteran Gerald Wilkins, has played in China, Venezuela and the D-League since spending the 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He played for Nate McMillan briefly when he coached the Seattle Sonics.

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