The Pacers signed second-round draft pick, Ike Anigbogu to a rookie NBA contract on Wednesday. The 47th overall pick will not be on a two-way contract, according to Nate Taylor, like fellow second rounder, Edmond Sumner.
Anigbogu will still be eligible to play in the G-League with the Mad Ants this season but will remain a part of the full-time, 15-man NBA roster. In fact, Anigbogu’s signing brings the Pacers current roster to 15 players with Cory Joseph filling the gap for C.J. Miles. Decisions on remaining options and/or additional trades could still alter the roster before the season starts.
As for Anigbogu, he signs his first deal at just 18 years old with a 6-10, 250 pound frame that includes first-round athleticism. But concerns about knee issues sent the big man from UCLA to the middle of the second round where the Pacers were happy to pounce on the potential steal.
Anigbogu did not play in summer league but expects to be ready for preseason camp, although I wouldn’t expect the team to rush him into action. At such a young age, Anigbogu is a talented asset to develop along with UCLA teammate T.J. Leaf, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis for future, flexible, front line depth.