OK, now the Pacers are just screwing with us. Another C.J.?
After spending free agent cash on C.J. Watson last summer and C.J. Miles earlier this summer, reports out of Syracuse have the Pacers giving C.J. Fair at least a preseason look. A RealGM report claims the Pacers will invite Fair to preseason camp with a non-guaranteed contract.
Another report from Syracuse.com has Fair working out for the Pacers after the holiday weekend before determining whether to bring Fair to camp, according to his father.
Fair's father, Carl, said in a text message that Fair would report to the Pacers after Labor Day. That is when some veterans, along with a few undrafted free agents, often work out with teams in the hopes of earning a spot on the team.
"He's got to fight and hopefully impress Larry Bird,'' Carl Fair said in reference to Indiana's team president.
Fair played in his, well...fair share of big games for the Orange, leading the team in scoring the past two seasons. While he has the big-game experience and an athletic game, his inconsistent shot and slender build contributed to Fair not hearing his name called on draft night. That can be a blessing for some players as they are able to scout out a good situation to try to join a team the hard way -- by earning it.
Here's what Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had to say about Fair after the draft left him looking for a team.
"He's just got to get to the right place. He's physical, he's strong, he can shoot 15 footers and make them. He's a tough guy. Good competitor. There's probably 20-25 teams he'd get cut. But there might be three or four that he can make the team."
It certainly appears that there is no room on the roster for Fair if he does indeed impress Larry Bird and make a case for spot on the team. Normally, camp invitees would need to prove their worth past being a 10-12 man on the roster. However, the offseason isn't over and not all of the Pacers' current roster spots are guaranteed, so while it looks like a long shot for Fair to stick regardless of how he plays, until we now what the roster looks like heading into camp, an athletic, defensive-minded player who knows how to play the game is certainly worth a closer look.