Report: Pacers to sign Donald Sloan

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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.