Pacers Sign a Big Man: Jeff Pendergraph

It’s quite possible you missed all 39 of the games he has played in his NBA career game, but Jeff Pendergraph, a former professional Trailblazer and amateur Sun Devil, is reportedly about to be a Pacer. So says NBA super sleuth Sam Amick. We don’t know the terms of the deal for the 6’9″ forward, who has twice in his pro career scored in double figures and blew out his ACL prior to the start of last season, but John Hollinger is probably on to something.

Connect the Kevin Pritchard dots. @RTsam_amick Jeff Pendergraph is expected to sign a two-year, guaranteed deal in Indiana,

In that sense, this seems like a good, low-risk move — presuming the money is right. Few people have ever questioned Kevin Pritchard’s ability to evaluate talent. If he was in Bird’s ear urging this acquisition, it’s probably at least worth a shot. Giving a guaranteed second year is sort of unfortunate since he is unproven to begin with and coming off a major injury, but if he does give any production whatsoever and — again — the money is fiscally responsible then it could turn out to be a savvy move. And Larry Bird needs to fill out the roster and wasn’t planning to use all his cap space anyway, so this shouldn’t impair the team from going after any of the actual “prizes” in this free agent crop if that’s what he is looking to do.

Worst case: he takes Solomon Jones’ minutes.

Best case: he becomes a solid component of the big man rotation.

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