The Pacers have reached agreement with Shayne Whittington on a contract that will keep the big man in Indiana for another season, reports RealGM's Shams Charania:
Indiana forward Shayne Whittington has agreed to a one-year, guaranteed contract to return to the Pacers, agent Ron Shade tells RealGM.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2015
The undrafted rookie out of Western Michigan University appeared in only 20 games last season for the Pacers, averaging 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in a little over five minutes per game.
With playing time hard to come by in Indiana's congested frontcourt, the Pacers briefly assigned Whittington to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA's Developmental League in January.
"I'm not seeing it as a demotion," Whittington told Pacers.com's Mark Montieth. "The D league isn't meant for that, it's meant for developing players."
The 6-foot-11 big man scored 5.0 points and grabbed 4.0 rebounds in his only regular season game with the Mad Ants. During the affiliate's postseason run, he averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per contest.
With Larry Bird, Frank Vogel, and Kevin Pritchard looking on, Whittington participated in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League last week. Coached by assistant Dan Burke, the soon-to-be sophomore tallied 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds on 38.9% shooting in 26.5 minutes per game. While in Orlando, the big man, while his defense showed room for improvement, showcased his ability to space the floor with his 3-point shooting, knocking down a pair of threes against the Magic White.
In addition to Ian Mahinmi and Lavoy Allen, the Pacers added promising rookie Myles Turner on draft night as well as Jordan Hill via free agency, which likely means that Whittington will continue providing emergency depth for Indiana's frontcourt next season.
Whittington's one-year agreement with Indiana is guaranteed for next season.