The Pacers announced today that they have waived Shayne Whittington. Whittington’s contract would have become fully guaranteed on Monday, and this puts the Pacers back at the NBA roster limit of 15 players.
After signing Aaron Brooks, the Pacers were going to have to make a decision on getting rid of a player, it likely came down to Whittington or Rakeem Christmas who were rotating as the starting center during Summer League and both spent nearly the entire season together in the D League with the Pacers affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Christmas has a contract that is fully guaranteed for this season, so Whittington was in an uphill battle to show the front office and coaching staff that he deserved that final spot on the roster.
Whittington averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds while playing in only 27 games in his two seasons with the Pacers. He was signed as an undrafted free agent from Western Michigan.
Christmas stays on the roster and continues a transaction tree that goes all the way back to Dale Davis.
The Pacers fell to the Pistons in their third game of Summer League play after a late rally fell short as Joe Young’s tying layup attempt somehow bounced out, 80-76. Their record is now 1-2.
More important than the results of a very entertaining, but meaningless game, a couple of the Pacers young players played very well with challenging matchups.
Glenn Robinson III was up against the Pistons previous first-round pick and defensive stalwart Stanley Johnson. GR3 put up 20 points and 7 rebounds, while going back and forth matching bucket for bucket with Johnson in the closing minutes of the game.
At the same time, Georges Niang, the 50th pick in the draft, went up against Henry Ellenson, who the Pistons picked at 18. Niang put up 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Continue reading Glenn Robinson III, Georges Niang continue to impress in Summer League play
In a sluggish, whistle-filled game, the Pacers Summer League squad lost to the Hornets 80-70. Glenn Robinson III and Shayne Whittington were the only double-digit scorers for the Pacers as the team seemed to struggle offensively against a more physical opponent than yesterday’s game. The first half was hard to watch as it was dominated by officiating. You know it’s a bad sign in the Summer League when the refs are a topic of conversation for the broadcast team. If you missed the analysis and highlights from Game 1, they are here. Much more positive notes to take from that game than this one.
Joe Young: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 0 turnovers in 22 minutes. (2 of 6 from field, 0 of 2 from 3-point range)
Grade: B- Continue reading Pacers Summer League Game 2 Grades and Recap
The Pacers couldn’t have asked for a much better showing from their five-rostered players in their first Summer League game as they combined for 75 points in the blowout win over the Orlando Blue, 93-66. Keep reading for a look at each of those player’s performances and some highlights.
Joe Young: 22 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 5 turnovers (8 of 12 from the field, 5 of 7 from 3-point territory)
Grade: B+ Continue reading Summer League Game 1 Grades: Indiana Pacers 93, Orlando Blue 66
The Indiana Pacers announced their roster for the Orlando Summer League earlier this week. The roster features many familiar faces including five players likely to suit up for the blue and gold next season and will be coached by Popeye Jones, Pacers assistant coach. The team will play five games that will run through the heart of the NBA free agency madness from July 2 through July 8 (Pacers schedule below). No one’s playing in the Summer League without something to prove and we’ll look at what some of the key players on the roster need to work on. Continue reading Pacers Summer League Preview