Pacers Will Cut Sam Young

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The Pacers will cut Sam Young today, according to Indiana Pacers super reporter Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. Young has been sidelined with a severe ankle sprain suffered in practice on Thursday (and is expected to be out for a few more weeks), and the decision to release him is motivated by the fact that his contract will become guaranteed tomorrow.

So rather than commit to an injured, mediocre player through the end of the season, Indiana will reportedly drop him and then use a cheaper stop-gap solution until Danny Granger returns. Young is a capable defender, but his play on the offensive side of the ball — where the Pacers really struggle — has been, to put it kindly, bad.

Thus, while Indiana may miss having the option to use Young as a wing defender, the on-court loss shouldn’t really be felt. And while it also makes sense for the the front office in financial terms, the long-term roster flexibility will probably be the biggest advantage for the Pacers, which will now more easily be able to make late-season moves to acquire another player through trade or off waivers. (Think the Leandro Barbosa acquisition last season.)

Here are Mike Wells’ reports from Twitter.



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