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Bobcats cut Augustin loose, Pacers sign him to deal

Jul 12, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

D.J. Augustin, Darko Milicic

So Indiana just traded Darren Collison then paid $1 million a year more to have D.J. Augustin backup George Hill? Interesting decision.

But that’s what the Pacers have done (and got backup center Ian Mahinmi in the process).

Here’s how it went down. On Wednesday the Pacers traded Collison to Dallas for Mahinmi. On Thursday, the Bobcats reached a one-year deal with Ramon Sessions to play point guard for them (along with Kemba Walker). That led the Bobcats to quickly pull their qualifying offer to Augustin, reported Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Pacers needed a backup PG and jumped on it fast, reported Mike Wells of the Indy Star. It didn’t take long and he was tweeting this.

Pacers have agreed to a 1 year deal with DJ Augustin, according to a source.

That is a one-year, $3.5 million deal. Collison, who had been with the team, will make $2.3 million. And Collison had been a part of this team and is a better shooter.

Augustin will make a fine backup in Indiana. He’s solid. But was the extra money and step back in shooting in backup point guard worth it to get Mahinmi? Depends on if you still believe in Mahinmi’s potential.

  1. slopmcflop - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Mahinmi definitely has the potential. Near 7 foot, put up a 11 pt, 9 rb, 1 blk line last year per 36 minutes with a 13.2 PER.

    Not great, but has showed flashes of the potential even after a huge increase in minutes last year. This is a league that will bend over backwards for big men with potential. Get him in a solid rotation with Hibbert, and see what he can do.

  2. adzs - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    To me it seems like these bizarre events have happened because through overpaying George Hill they feel obliged to have him start with minimum competition; Coupled with the drafting of Plumlee and then the even more baffling trade for Mahinmi i’d say this isn’t a particularly good start for the post-Bird Pacers, although i do like the Gerald Green pick up…

    • bparmalee - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      I hate the Mild Plumcantplay draft pick but if you look at it this way… The Pacers traded Collison and Jones for Mahinmi and DJ Augustin….that’s a win for us. Plus now we might move Hansbrough or Granger.

  3. bparmalee - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Great signing. DJ Augustin was clearly the best player on the court for the Bobcats (I know that isn’t saying much) and to get him without a trade is nice. Another awesome Bobcats roster decision…. a team with very few assets lets one of it’s only assets go for nothing. Even though they knew the Pacers were interested in him and had a need at the position. Same old Bobcats means good news for my Pacers!!!

  4. metalhead65 - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    they had to make these moves. they had no backup for hibbert and this kid is still young and learning. if all he does is play defense and rebound then it is a win since they had nobody to do that last year when hibbert went out. as for the backup pg spot they don’t need a shooter for that spot. they need somebody to distribute the ball when hill is out of the game. for shooting they have lance stephenson and paul george for that. stephenson is in the last year of his contract and if he wants to get paid he will produce this year. collison was a shoot first point guard who had way to many turnovers to be a backup. he lost his job to hill when he was injured and the pacers played much better with hill as the starter so that is why he got the contract and they got rid of collison.

  5. therealkennypowers55 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I think it safe to assume that Collison is a locker room cancer. Why else is he getting kicked around the association?

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Not1, not2, not3…

  7. giantssb42champs - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Another great bobcats first rounder.

  8. aldavis4president - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    This Waz a win for da pacers..I disagree wit @ medelhead..i personally want my 6thman to b a scoring pg..its hard for bench play to score I think its important to have guy who can pass bt also create his own. Pacers should be better watch out EC

  9. hoosierwolf - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Collison is a better shooter but shoots too much. DJ is a much better passer and although he’s not a great shooter he’s mostly happy not shooting. The Pacers have shooters.

    They also needed a backup for Hibbert really badly and now they have two.

    What they still need is someone that can get his own shot and break down the defense by driving the lane. Maybe they are hoping Stephenson or Orlando Jones is the answer but I’m not convinced. Paul George can do it fairly well but needs to get much more aggressive.

  10. sunlightpianist - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Mahinmi was a free agent. There was no need for a trade, except to send Collison and Jones away. For salary or other reasons.
    Mahinmi has potential, is athletic, he can score and he improved a lot over the last year.

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