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Report: Pacers to sign Donald Sloan


The Pacers’ Hansbrough era appears to be coming to an end.

First, the Pacers pulled Tyler Hansbrough’s qualifying offer. Now, they’ve replaced Ben Hansbrough as the team’s third point guard.

Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star:

Donald Sloan, who split time last season between New Orleans and Cleveland, has reached agreement on a multi-year contract with the Indiana Pacers, a source close to the negotiations told The Star.

The Pacers needed better ball-handling off the bench – in their starting line up too, really, but that might mean sacrificing that unit’s other positives, like defense – and C.J. Watson is a nice upgrade as their backup point guard.

Sloan, likely the No. 3 point guard, should help, too. His career 5.5 assists per 36 minutes is a better mark than any Pacer posted last season.

Of course, there’s a reason he’s already played for the Hawks, Hornets, Cavaliers and Hornets again during his two-year career. Sloan is an unimpressive shooter and defender, and that’s why he almost certainly won’t be part of the Pacers’ rotation.

But, in a pinch, he can handle the rock for them.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.