The Pacers bring back a familiar face to end the season

Kevin Pritchard, Indiana Pacers - Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Pritchard, Indiana Pacers - Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2022-23 season may be coming to a close, but it seems like the Indiana Pacers are still active on the sidelines, albeit to the end that they end their campaign in high spirits with the franchise once again headed to a lottery finish.

With just five games remaining on their slate, the Pacers recently signed guard Gabe York to a two-way contract, occupying the team’s final open roster spot. This move came after the team released guard Trevelin Queen, who played in 17 games this season for the Blue and Gold.

The Indiana Pacers brought back a familiar face to end the season

The Pacers similarly signed Gabe York under similar terms last season. The 29-year-old went on to make his NBA debut for the team, ultimately suiting up for a couple of games before rejoining the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Indiana’s G-League affiliate, where he spent most of the season.

York is not expected to factor in heavily for the Pacers even with the team virtually out of playoff contention, though he could log minutes here and there with the franchise opting to be more conservative with the playing status of their player to end their season. If anything, this is another classy move by Indiana’s brass to reward a G-League standout. After all, York’s impressive numbers earned him a spot in the NBAGL’s Next Up Game.

For the curious fans, York profiles as a volume three-point shooter with a well-rounded offensive game, posting 21.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists for the Mad Ants this season while draining 40.1 percent of his 9.5 attempts from rainbow country.

Needless to say, while the Indiana Pacers are on deck for an early exit, it’s good to see the front office give chance to others who need an opportunity to showcase what they can do on the NBA hardwood.

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