Jul 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EST
The Pacers’ Hansbrough era appears to be coming to an end.
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.
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