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Free Agency: Pacers re-sign reserve big man Lavoy Allen

Bringing back undersized, backup big man Lavoy Allen is yet another sign of the changing times for the Indiana Pacers.

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Journeyman no more. Following a season for the Blue & Gold where his solid play changed the not-so-storied narrative of the trade that brought him to the Pacers, reserve forward Lavoy Allen decided to put down roots in Indiana, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Though Allen's minutes varied in conjunction with the health of Indiana's roster, the former 76er proved himself capable of providing more than mere emergency depth when given the opportunity. While he does not have much of a post game to speak of and his mid-range shot is somewhat unreliable (25.9%), his ability to collect the Pacers' garbage and generate as many looks at the basket as possible should not go unheralded. On the year, Allen grabbed a team-best 12.8% of Indiana's misses and he converted a monster 70.7% of his putbacks, an important skill for a team whose offense and field goal percentage both ranked in the bottom-ten of the league.

Earning 17.0 minutes of run time in 63 games for the Blue & Gold, Allen averaged 5.0 points and 5.1 rebounds during his second season with the Pacers. These modest numbers match the modest role the backup big man played for Indiana once David West returned to action after sitting out 15 games with an ankle injury.

Expect this role to expand next season as the team continues to transition to a more uptempo style. "We want to play a controlled way, but we want to play a little smaller at times," Bird told the Indy Star. "Like Lavoy Allen, if he comes back, we'd like to get him in there more."

Allen will be back next season, and the multi-year contract he agreed to implies that the Luke Walton All-Star will have a larger part to play for the Pacers next season.

Exact terms and conditions of the multi-year agreement are not known at this time, though it is not expected that the reserve big man's piece of the pie will make much of a dent in the team's available salary cap space: