The Pacers have made a series of small moves early in the NBA’s free agency period. The smallest of all has been signing Shayne Whittington, who despite suffering an injury that will keep him out for the foreseeable future was able to get a partially guaranteed deal for next year.
The Western Michigan product recently spoke with Vigilante Sports about the big moment.
Here is an excerpt of the Q&A.
What was your reaction when the Pacers first reached out to you and they heavy interest in your talents?
My agent called me and said, ‘Hey, (they’re) still interested.’ I got lots of calls right before I went into surgery as well. I kind of felt reassured knowing that teams had a little bit of interest in me after I broke it. It’s always a waiting game to see how it goes to figure out what they really want.
What workout were you at when the injury occurred?
I was in Chicago, I was working out with my trainer down there. I went up to contest one of my fellow workout mates and we both came down. He landed on top of me, my leg got caught underneath me and just snapped. It was kind of like a freak accident but everything happens for a reason.
Up until that injury, what was your feel for the draft and where you might fall?
I’m always optimistic. I always hope for the best but plan for the worst. I didn’t even really think about it to be honest. I was just looking forward to workouts.”