Indiana Pacers: Must-sign free agent targets from every West playoff team

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Harry Giles, Indiana Pacers
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Indiana Pacers free agent target: Harry Giles, Portland Trail Blazers

This season, Harry Giles has barely seen the court for the Portland Trail Blazers playing behind Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter. Even when Nurkic got injured early on, Terry Stotts opted to use Robert Covington as a nominal center in small-ball sets in his offense-oriented system. His 9.5 minutes per game this year is easily his career-low.

Make no mistake, though. Giles possesses a versatile skillset that fits well with the modern game. He’s more of a finesse big, using his 6’11 frame for some solid positional defense. He also has a unique flair for interior passing, while he’s honed his three-point shot this season despite sporadic court time. The noticeable caveat in his game is his tendency to foul, free-throw shooting and finishing at the rim, but those figure to improve with more opportunities on the floor.

The Indiana Pacers already have Goga Bitadze, but the team’s depth at the center position takes a hit when one of Turner or Sabonis goes down with the proverbial injury bug or is in foul trouble. This is where Giles can easily slide in as a reliable bench big and an ideal replacement for JaKarr Sampson, who’s also approaching free agency.