Indiana Pacers sign Kendal Brown to a three-year deal

The Indiana Pacers have decided to convert Kendal Brown from a two-way contract into a fully guaranteed three-year deal

Feb 1, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Kendall Brown (10) warms up before a game
Feb 1, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Kendall Brown (10) warms up before a game / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers are one of the teams in the league that has to rely on the Draft in order to be a good team. They don't get any prominent free agents once the Summer roles around because they aren't a big-market team. They are a small-market team, and that's not for everyone.

Adding a player who is interested in signing a contract extension like Pascal Siakam is rare. He's a really good player that wants to play with Tyrese Haliburton. He also knows the Pacers have cap space, so they can give him a lot of money. Usually, the Pacers need to draft well to acquire those kinds of players.

The Pacers took Kendal Brown in the second round back in the 2022 NBA Draft. He has mostly been a G-League player since he came to Indiana. He was hurt most of his rookie year after he had to have surgery on his leg for a stress fracture, but he wouldn't have seen much playing time anyway.

Brown has impressed Indiana enough with his time in the G-League for them to convert his contract into a full NBA deal for three years according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Brown will now be on the Pacers' bench for the rest of the season as they make this stretch run.

This is nice for a player who has worked hard since he's gotten into the league. He likely won't see any playing time for the Pacers, but this shows they believe in his potential. He's averaging just 1.7 points per game this season in the six games he's played in. Brown has only played in 12 career games.

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Brown gives the Indiana Pacers some depth at the forward position if they need it. He's really a guy that will only see time if there are a bunch of injuries. Still, he's a young guy on a cheap contract. Those are valuable players to have.