The Pelicans waived Toney Douglas before having to guarantee the rest of his contract.
The Pacers didn’t submit a claim, but now that he has cleared waivers, they’ll take him.
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:
The Pacers probably got a couple advantages by signing Douglas rather than claiming him. If it’s a one-year minimum contract, the NBA will pay a portion of it. That wouldn’t have happened by claiming him, because he was on a two-year deal, even though that was for the minimum. Indiana can also negotiate a new guarantee date rather than Aug. 1 – and that’s particularly important.
The Pacers have 15 players with guaranteed salaries, and their four lowest-paid players – Shayne Whittington, Joseph Young, Rakeem Christmas and Glenn Robinson III – signed this offseason. It’s hard to see Indiana making room for Douglas on its regular-season roster.
George Hill, Monta Ellis, Rodney Stuckey, Joseph Young can all play point guard or some proximity to the position. If Indiana makes a trade, Douglas could provide depth – especially because some of those other players will see most of their minutes on the wing. Otherwise, Douglas probably gets squeezed out in late October.
But at minimum, the six-year veteran will have training camp to make his case. Maybe a point guard-needy team with a roster vacancy will be watching.
That is dunking at the speed of Boris Diaw. Nice spin moves, though, is that a 1440?
That is the Pacers’ Glenn Robinson III showing off how to dunk on an eight-foot rim while riding a phunkeeduck. I’m not sure this skill moves him up the Pacers depth chart much, but it’s August so we will share it with you.
So we have two-fifths of our phunkeeduck starting five now, Robinson and J.R. Smith. Although we have yet to see Smith play hoops on one, it’s our suspicion is that he takes a lot of questionable shots while riding it. Just a wild guess.
Hat tip 8 points, 9 seconds.
The Pacers have continued filling out the end of their bench with young players. On Saturday, they signed Glenn Robinson III to a three-year deal, his agency told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Free-agent forward Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a three-year contract with the Indiana Pacers, his agents Austin Brown and Aaron Mintz of CAA told Yahoo Sports.
Robinson, 21, became an unrestricted free agent after the Philadelphia 76ers declined to make him a qualifying offer.
Robinson was a second-round pick by the Timberwolves in 2014. They waived him midway through his rookie season, and he spent the rest of the year on the Sixers. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 35 games between the two teams — 25 in Minnesota and 10 in Philadelphia.