NBA free agent Chris Singleton, I'm told, has committed to deal with the Indiana Pacers.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) September 1, 2014
The Indiana Pacers have signed former Washington Wizard Chris Singleton, according to David Pick of EuroBasket. Singleton is a three-year NBA veteran, drafted 18th by the Wizards in 2011.
The 6’8″ forward has never produced statistically, and has been woefully inefficient shooter. But he showed a bit of promise as a rookie when he started 51 games and looked to have the makings of a decent defender.
That year, he played 22 minutes per game on the wing for an awful Washington squad, but he has fallen out of the rotation since. He barely saw the court last season as the Wizards finally became a formidable team, and didn’t log a minute in the any of the team’s 11 playoff games.
There is no intel on whether the Pacers see Singleton as any more than training camp fodder, but he is a small forward and the team lacks size on the wing now that Paul George has gone down.
Without Singleton, the Pacers already have 15 players under contract.
Donald Sloan’s contract is non-guaranteed, however, so Larry Bird could waive him without any salary cap hit. And since the team employs George Hill, C.J. Watson, and Rodney Stuckey — three guys with plenty of experience playing point guard — maybe Bird wants fringe-NBA-quality depth on the wing more than he does at the 1-spot.
(UPDATE: Sloan’s deal was picked up on August 15. Sorry, I had missed the news. The contract is for under $1 million, so it’s possible they could still waive him in favor of Singleton but that seems unlikely. h/t @C2_Cooper)
Injured big man Shayne Whittington’s deal is only partially guaranteed, as is Luis Scola’s contract. But Bird just signed Whittington this summer (and Ian Mahinmi is now hurt), so it’s hard to see him cutting bait there to sign Singleton. And there is virtually no chance that they would part with Scola (which would cost them nearly $2 million) for this dude.
UPDATE: Shams Charania of Real GM reports that this is indeed a training camp deal.
Pacers' free agent deal with forward Chris Singleton is a summer contract for training camp, source tells RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 1, 2014