The Indiana Pacers held a press conference for the re-signing of Jalen Smith yesterday with much pomp and circumstance as team employees clapped and cheered at every opportunity for some added flair and energy to the events.
The biggest news to come from it is that Smith, who averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in just under 25 minutes per game with the Pacers, will be the team’s starting power forward next season which came straight from the mouth of the head coach, Rick Carlisle.
Details of the contract were reported by Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files. Originally reported as a 2-year deal when news broke of his re-signing by multiple outlets, Agness says the deal was tweaked over the last few days and it is now a 3-year contract with a player option on the third season. The first season in the deal will start at $4.67 million, which is what the Pacers were limited to offering due to the Suns declining his team option of the same amount. Continue reading Possible effects of Jalen Smith being a starter for the Indiana Pacers→
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Free agent center Jalen Smith has re-signed with the Indiana Pacers on a 2-year contract per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
As has been discussed ad nauseam by everyone covering the Pacers since he was acquired and started shooting like a human flamethrower , Kevin Pritchard was limited in what he could offer Smith, who averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while making 11 of his first 14 3-pointers and shooting 37% from deep overall over 22 games with Indiana, in a potential deal to return to the team due to rules involving what happens when a team declines the team option on a player’s rookie-scale deal. The Pacers were being limited by the decision made by the Phoenix Suns to decline his third-year option and could only offer him $4.67 million in the first year of any contract. Continue reading Indiana Pacers re-sign [redacted]→