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Report: Pacers reach terms with European sharpshooter Damjan Rudez

Jul 2, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

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The Indiana Pacers need shooting. And maybe a few other things depending on how the Lance Stephenson negotiations go, but shooting is on the list no matter what.

They have gone to Europe to get it.

The Pacers have reached a deal with European sharpshooter Damjan Rudez, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

European forward Damjan Rudez has reached agreement on a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Pacers, who are pursuing shooting on the free-agent market, will pay Rudez, 27, out of a portion of their mid-level exception.

I imagine all three of those years are not guaranteed.

Rudez is a stretch four out of Croatia who shot 52 percent from deep in EuroCup. What else he can do remains to be seen (I wouldn’t expect a big role for him next season), but the Pacers are talking to shooters (C.J. Miles is the big name) as they try to tweak the roster following their struggles the second half of last season.

  1. bball242322 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Solid acquisition Pacers

    • johnc44 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      And most likely means Sciola is gone so they can up their offer to Stephenson to 5 year 55 million.

      • ericreives - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Given how terrible their offensive system is, getting rid of Scola probably isn’t the best idea. They still need shooters and Scola is money from 15 ft. They can keep him and pay Stephenson.

  2. metalhead65 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    what good is being a shooter when you have a coach who will not play the shooters they have or adjust his system to fit the ones he has? they signed copeland for scoring off the bench and vogel refused to use him. they traded for scola and he would not adjust his system to get him the shots he had been getting his whole career. unless he is willing to adjust to the personal he has what is the point of wasting money on new guys who will not fit his system?

    • gostlcards5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Agree completely on Copeland. I was tremendously excited when the Pacers picked him up, then he languished on the bench most of the season, all the while with the Indy media and the team praising how hard he was working.

      On Scola, I don’t completely agree. He was getting plenty of shots within the system in the first half of the season, and he was very effective. Later in the season, he was (reportedly) going through some nagging injuries, went cold, and could never reestablish his offensive rhythm fully. That being said, I would hate to see him go. While not a great defender, he was a very good backup to West most of the season.

  3. jkirby317 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    IF Vogel trusts the guy to play defense… he uses them.

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