The Pacers announced Thursday they have signed forward Alex Poythress, ending his two-way contract designation with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Poythress averaged 20 points and nine rebounds in six games with the Mad Ants, but for the bulk of the season, the forward out of Kentucky has been with the Pacers. Since the two-way contract only allows 45 days with the NBA club, the Pacers decided to fill their remaining roster spot instead of sending Poythress to the G-League for the rest of the year.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Poythress will make $778,000 this season which is now guaranteed. The remainder of the contract includes another year with the total $1.54 million fully guaranteed if he isn't waived by July 25.
Poythress fills the final spot on the 15-man roster with 14 guaranteed contracts pending Damien Wilkins’ deal which is guaranteed if he’s not cut by Jan. 7.
The move also opens up a two-way contract for another G-League player. Edmond Sumner has yet to play but appears to be close to a return, but when he’s ready to play getting reps in Fort Wayne makes sense.
Jarrod Uthoff certainly deserves a shot at the two-way deal based on his production in Fort Wayne. While the position is clogged now with Poythress and T.J. Leaf, Uthoff has shown he can play a stretch four and if the Pacers want to play long, versatile players who can spread the floor, then Uthoff should get a look. In 20 games with the Mad Ants this season, Uthoff is averaging 17.8 points and 8.6 rebounds while making over 40 percent from three land.