Now that the July moratorium is over, the Pacers are able to officially introduce their free agent signings to the team. The biggest contract went to C.J. Miles, who is getting $18 million over the next four years.
“We’re very glad to have C.J. and he really wanted to be here,” said team president Larry Bird. “He brings versatility to the small forward and shooting guard positions. He’s a great shooter and scorer. We think he’ll fit nicely with the culture of our team.”
Next up on the diference-making radar is Croatian big man Damjan Rudez, who reportedly will be getting $3.3 million for the next three years for his skills as a shooter.
“Damjan is one of the best shooters in Europe,” said Bird. “With his size and knowledge, he can play two positions for us. He has experience, maturity and really knows how to play. He had a number of options, he chose us and we’re thrilled he did. We look forward to having him in a Pacer uniform.”
Last up is Lavoy Allen, who came to Indiana last season in the Danny Granger/Evan Turner trade. Allen was an unrestricted free agent this summer, but has been training with the Pacers in the summer and always appeared to be sticking around.
Though he saw very little action last season, the team keeping him leaves the roster with a lot of big men (Allen, Roy Hibbert, David West, Ian Mahinmi, Luis Scola). This, in combination with reported talks between the Pacers and Suns has led to speculation that a larger move may be on the horizon.
Regardless, Bird said he was happy to have Allen back.
“We’re very happy to have Lavoy back,” said Bird. “When he had the opportunity to play, he played well. He fits in with what we’re trying to accomplish here and every day he’s committed to getting better.”