10 Indiana Pacers who never played a single minute for the team: 4. Eddie Jones
After back-to-back cases of draft day trades, let’s move on to the polar opposite of this topic and take a look at Eddie Jones and his non-existent stint with the Indiana Pacers.
Jones enjoyed a long, 14-year career in the NBA, and at the tail end of it, he found his way to Indiana. In October of 2008, he was traded to the Pacers by the Dallas Mavericks alongside two second-rounders in a deal that saw Shawne Williams head to Dallas.
But rather than suit up for the Pacers, Jones took a different route. Once the trade went through, Jones renegotiated his contract with Indiana, allowing him to sign with a new team or retire, and less than a week after the deal went through, he was released.
After the deal, Jones never played another minute in the NBA, ending his NBA career. Technically, the Pacers were the last organization Jones was a part of.
During his 14-year career, Jones made three All-Star teams, one All-NBA team, three All-Defensive teams, and led the league in steals during the 1999-00 season.
Though Jones would have been 37 years old, he could have been a nice mentor for a young Pacers team in 2008 that was a few seasons away from making some noise in the East.