Jim O'Brien wanted to improve the defensive disposition of his roster this offseason and the Pacers' initial acquisition does just that, plus adds a wing player where depth is desperately needed.
Mike Wells reports on the signing of Dahntay Jones to a four-year, $11 million deal. According the agent Mark Bartelstein, the Pacers have been pursuing Jones since the free agent period opened.
"(Pacers president) Larry Bird and (general manager) David Morway contacted me the first night of free agency and expressed a lot of interest in Dahntay," Jones' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. "The Pacers are getting somebody that competes with an edge and is a lockdown defender. He's going to bring a defensive mind-set to the team."
Jones has some traits the Pacers desperately need, namely someone who won't back down from a defensive challenge and might even bring a little on-court agitation.
Thanks to ColtsHomer and LoyalPacersFan for posting the news while I was snoozing.