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Report: Pacers to sign Donald Sloan

Jul 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Donald Sloan, Steve Novak, Raymond Felton

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.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    They should try to keep physcho t he really helped them in the playoffs…

  2. htownred34 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Physcho*

  3. htownred34 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Fail… Psycho

  4. iceonmypinky85 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I had leftover meatloaf and vegetables for breakfast this morning… Why is this news….

  5. sportsguy88 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Haha genious*!!

    *spelt it wrong on purpose

  6. tontoepstein - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    This can’t possibly be a guaranteed contract. Bird is a smart dude, and Sloan is terrible.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      3rd point guards rarely play, even on bad teams.

  7. vikes69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    they need a true point guard, george hill is not a great starting point guard. i would do anything to trade for rondo

    • bparmalee - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      I agree but no one will take that Hill contract. I had that deal when we made it… 8 million a year for a guy that’s a natural bench player and has no real position… yuck. I actually like Sloan for a deep bench guy. Ben Hansbrough isn’t an NBA player and Sloan is at least plucky.

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