Yahoo’s Marc Spears is reporting that Jeff Foster will sign a one-year deal to remain with the Pacers.
Foster is entering his 13th season in the league – all spent as an Indiana Pacer. Only (hopefully soon-to-be Hall of Famer) Reggie Miller has played more seasons for the Blue-and-Gold (18). Jeff currently stands fifth all time in total rebounds for the Pacers with 5,206, and is only 13 behind George McGinnis and 71 behind Rik Smits.
His 2,083 offensive rebounds is good for third, and his prowess on the offensive glass makes it likely for Jeff to catch #2 Pacer Mel Daniels (2,182) this season. He is 193 behind all time leader Dale Davis, and he has an outside shot reaching him this season – if health permits a similar performance to last season’s 190 offensive caroms in 56 games. More impressive than his totals here is the fact that he will have put them up despite being projected to play at least 1,000 fewer minutes than Daniels, and over 3,000 fewer minutes than Davis.
Acquired in a draft day trade in 1999, Foster is the sole remaining member of the 2000 NBA Finals Team – though he saw no action in the playoffs. A fan favorite, the Texas native has earned a special place in the hearts of Hoosiers with his energy and style of play. He personifies Pacer Coach Frank Vogel’s vision of “smash mouth basketball.”
Glad to have you back, Jeff.
Oh, hi, Luol. Didn’t see ya, there.
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