According to a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard, free agent center Lavoy Allen has reached agreement with the Pacers to come back to Indiana:
Allen first joined the Pacers as part of the mid-season trade that brought Evan Turner to Indiana and sent Danny Granger to the Philadelphia Sixers.
Appearing in only 14 games while donning the Blue and Gold this season, the former 76er played a modest role for the Pacers averaging just 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. Lavoy's best showing for the Pacers, coincidentally, came against his former team on March 14 in which he scored 13 points while going a perfect 6-of-6 from the field. During the team's final game of the season, Allen put forth another quality effort recording a double-double and shooting 50% from the field.
Adding Lavoy Allen is not exactly a flashy signing, but his addition to what is becoming an increasingly perplexing and crowded front court certainly brings added drama. In addition to Roy Hibbert, Ian Mahinmi, David West, Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, and now Lavoy Allen, the Pacers have also added stetch-four Damjan Rudez as well as undrafted big man Shayne Whittington to the roster via free agency.
If this logjam at the four and the five were not intriguing enough, remember that the Pacers are also fast-approaching the luxury tax line projected at $77 million. Prior to their decision to resign Lavoy Allen, Indiana was already reported to have nearly $72 million in committed salary for the 2014-2015 season, per Grantland's Zach Lowe. While the terms and conditions of Allen's freshly signed contract will likely not make much of a dent in the team's remaining salary space, it is notable that any available cash for Lance Stephenson continues to shrink.
As of Friday afternoon, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that the Pacers still had not been able to come to terms with their 40th pick in the 2010 draft:
Source: Pacers spoke with reps for Lance Stephenson earlier today. Sides no closer to agreement than b4 on 5-yr/$44 million offer— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 4, 2014
Appearing to continue to be at what has been described as an "impasse," Allen's signing as a back-up center could end up having much greater implications for the Indiana Pacers moving forward. Unless Pacers owner Herb Simon has suddenly decided he is fine paying the luxury tax, the team will likely need to make a cost cutting move if they still intend to retain Stephenson in the absence of a discount. With some of the player redundancy on the roster, it is definitely possible that a buyout or trade may be looming on the horizon.