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Toney Douglas

Report: Pacers to sign Toney Douglas


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.

Report: Pacers run out of cap room for Monta Ellis (but will sign him, anyway)

Indiana Pacers Introuce New Players during a Press Conference

The Pacers agreed to sign Monta Ellis to a four-year, $44 million contract.

They also traded Roy Hibbert to the Lakers and agreed to sign Lavoy Allen, Rodney Stuckey and Jordan Hill.

Somewhere along the way, they made a mistake.

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

Former Nets general manager Bobby Marks:

It’s not clear where the Pacers messed up.

They signed second-round pick Joseph Young to a contract starting at $1,007,026, according to Basketball Insiders. Had they waited, they could have used the room exception and had Young count $0 against the cap in the meantime. (Update: As Nate Duncan helpfully pointed out, the room exception can be for just two years. So, the Pacers needed cap space to give Young this deal.)

It’s unknown how Allen’s three-year, $12 million contract is structured, but his lowest possible starting salary is $3,720,930. Until signed, his cap hold is/was $947,276.

It’s also unclear how the Pacers fix this issue – whether the NBA just lets them undo completed deals and the re-execute them in the proper order or whether they’ll have to change someone else’s deal. Ellis won’t be the casualty, but that doesn’t mean Indiana won’t pay some price for its error. (Or it might not. I’m unsure how forgiving the NBA is.)

This is different than the Kenneth Faried contract extension Lowe mentioned, because that was just plain illegal. There was no alternative order of events that would made that legal.

The Pacers’ problem is more of a bookkeeping issue, one that wouldn’t have affected anyone’s end result. I guess we’ll learn how seriously the NBA takes this.

Report: Rodney Stuckey re-signs with Pacers for three years, $21 million

Rodney Stuckey

Last offseason, Rodney Stuckey signed a one-year minimum deal with the Pacers in hopes of rebuilding his reputation after a disappointing season with the Pistons. He was a bright spot in an injury-riddled year for Indiana, and now he’s been rewarded with a three-year, $21 million deal to stay in Indiana, according to RealGM’s Shams Charania:

Indiana free agent Rodney Stuckey has agreed in principle on a three-year, $21 million contract to re-sign with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM.

Stuckey’s deal will hold a player option on the third season, sources said.

For Stuckey, the free agency priority entailed re-signing with the Pacers or joining an NBA playoff threat elsewhere. Several NBA teams pursued Stuckey, including the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers. Still, the 6-foot-5 guard emerged as the Pacers’ top option to retain two days into free agency.

It’s a solid deal for Stuckey, who will probably take a sixth-man role with the addition of Monta Ellis to the Pacers’ backcourt. Given the injuries they dealt with last year, they can never have enough guard depth, and bringing back Stuckey on a reasonable deal is a good way to ensure that.