Pacers sign Shayne Whittington, guarantee his salary for this season

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The Pacers signed Shayne Whittington as an undrafted free agent last year.

Call last season a learning experience for him. The stretch four played just 108 NBA minutes, spending part of the year in the D-League.

But he’s getting another chance with an NBA contract.

Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star:

The 6-foot-11 Whittington showed a nice shooting stroke at Western Michigan, though he didn’t regular stretch beyond the 3-point arc. He hasn’t had enough of an NBA opportunity to change opinions.

If Whittington improves his range, he could stick in the league. His interior defense seems decent enough, though his ability to defend pick-and-rolls on the perimeter will remain a question.

The biggest positive indicator about Whittington’s career: The Pacers – the team that knows him best – found it worthwhile to give him a guaranteed salary.