Over the years, the Indiana Pacers have been home to some solid NBA players, and not all of them were stars. Role players have come and gone, but many have played an important part in Indiana’s success.
Despite not making it past the first round in five straight seasons from 2016 to 2020, the Pacers were one of the more consistent teams in the Eastern Conference.
During that time, they had a bunch of different role players cycle through the team, and one was Jeremy Lamb. Now, Lamb is, or was, a member of Tyrese Haliburton’s former team, the Sacramento Kings.
Ex-Indiana Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb was recently waived by Sacramento Kings, Tyrese Haliburton’s former team
The Kings brought in Lamb on an Exhibit 10 contract earlier this summer but just recently waived him, likely in hopes of keeping him around with the Stockton Kings, their G League affiliate.
Lamb, who is 31 years old and spent 10 years in the league, last appeared in an NBA game during the 2021-22 season when he was traded to the Kings in the Haliburton-Domantas Sabonis deal.
He spent two-and-a-half years with the Pacers before the trade. Lamb was a key member of Indiana’s rotation, earning 50 starts in his 121 appearances with the club.
It’s odd to see a veteran like Lamb accept a G League-type contract, but after not playing in the NBA for a year, he’s likely just looking for a way to get back into the league.
Since the Kings were the last team he was a part of, they were clearly willing to give him a chance, and he’ll likely still be a part of the organization again heading into this year.
The Pacers did something similar this season, bringing in two veterans to their G League system this offseason, signing Elfrid Payton and Jordan Bell to training camp deals before waiving them.
Indiana and Sacramento will forever be connected because of the trade they made swapping Haliburton for Sabonis over a year ago – a deal that worked out for both teams involved.
Now, they will be even more connected because of Lamb, who was in the Haliburton deal, as he’s back in Sacramento looking to find his way back onto an NBA roster.