The Pacers head to summer league with a little less fanfare than usual without a drafted rookie to go ga ga over during the week of games in Orlando. That puts a spotlight on last year's rookie, Solomon Hill who will run with the Pacers again this year.
Well, if he can. Hill suffered a sprained ankle before the team broke mini-camp making him day-to-day headed into the opener on Saturday morning. The Pacers play the Nets at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday to tip off the whole thing.
If Hill can go, coach Dan Burke is looking forward to seeing a defensive disposition, as opposed to any offensive highlights, as Conrad Brunner reports.
"Sometimes, a lot of these summer leagues when you get a vet, they think, ‘All right, this is my chance to shoot it every time I touch it.' We don't want him doing that," Burke said. "What we want him to do is be a Doberman on defense, be a leader and get good shots."
Two other interesting names in camp, Roger Mason, Jr. and Lavoy Allen will not play in Orlando. As Bruno also mentions, back issues slowed down Mason so the Pacers sent him home for treatment.
As for Allen, despite the apparent interest between the player and the Pacers in reuniting for next year, Allen remains a free agent and needs to stay healthy until he signs a deal.
Pacers reserve point guard Donald Sloan will get some run in down in Orlando, as well. Although Sloan's contract with the Pacers isn't guaranteed, his minimal salary makes him continues to make him a valuable third point guard on the roster.
Here is the roster from the Pacers rookie/free agent camp. The schedule for the Pacers follows:
Saturday, July 5 - Pacers vs. Nets, 9 a.m. ET
Monday, July 7 - Pacers vs. Celtics, 3 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 9 - Pacers vs. Thunder, 3 p.m. ET
Thursday, July 10 - Pacers vs. Heat, 3 p.m. ET
Friday, July 11 - Championship day with games seeded by record
You can check out the full schedule here and watch the games on NBA TV.