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

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Georges Niang, Indiana Pacers
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Indiana Pacers free agent target: Georges Niang, Utah Jazz

It’s safe to say that ex-Pacer Georges Niang has come a long way after his forgettable rookie season with the Indiana Pacers in 2016. Since then, he’s been able to carve a niche for himself with the Utah Jazz as an uber-efficient three-point marksman. This season, he took that to new heights and solidified himself as an important rotation piece for the team with the best record in the league.

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In only 16 minutes per game, Niang tallied 6.9 points on a blistering 42.5 rate on triples, making 1.7 per outing on the average. He’s one of those Mike Miller-type of players who immediately command attention with their mere presence on the court as a floor spacer. More importantly, despite not having a well-rounded skillset, he knows his role and limitations, though he has proven this year that he can be productive when given ample opportunities.

Niang is more of a standstill shooter, but if McDermott ignites loftier money than expected, the Pacers should pursue a reunion with the 6’7 sniper. He won’t cost nearly as much as Doug, but he can provide most of his three-point shooting contributions and off-ball movement. Hopefully, the Jazz will be hard-pressed to re-sign him, especially with Mike Conley’s impending free agency.

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