Late Saturday night, Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star unveiled yet another off-season transaction for the Pacers, who have now acquired the 6’10, 25-year-old Solomon Jones, a guy you have likely never heard of during his three-year stint as an Atlanta Hawk bench fixture.
Solomon Jones the basketball player, who barely beat out Solomon Jones “the author of the critically acclaimed novels C.R.E.A.M., Ride Or Die, The Bridge, and Pipe Dream” for the number-one spot in a Google search for the name, is primarily known as a capable shot-blocker that has never really shown the ability to do much else at the NBA level. In three years in Atlanta, he has had trouble earning playing time even in the 156 career games where he saw action, averaging just 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in less than 11 minutes per night.
Larry Bird, who signed Solomon to a two-year/as-yet-undisclosed-but-certainly-low-value contract, presumably thinks that Solomon’s interior presence — which includes a 7’4″ wingspan and impressive athleticism — can be useful in the rotation. We’ll see about that.
More interestingly, the Jones pickup prompted Indy Cornrows to ask a few questions about how the rest of the roster will subsequently be filled.
Is a little shot blocking depth for the Pacers worth a valuable roster spot?
Is a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics dead or will more players be on the move?
Why hasn’t Earl Watson signed yet? Is he holding up the deal or are the Pacers?
Will Mike Dunleavy be ready sooner than expected?
Head over there for some potential answers. (UPDATE: Via a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star, Earl Watson is still definitely coming to Indy and it will be official “within the next day or two.”)
And watch the video below to see one example of Solomon’s shotblockability. (via Pacers Digest)