Per team release, the Pacers have signed Alex Poythress to the team’s last available two-way contract. Since Indiana already locked up second-round pick Edmond Sumner with the first, it can be assumed that the agreement they reached last week with Ben Moore was done to acquire his affiliate rights.
Poythress played 46 games for Fort Wayne last season, earning an All-Star spot and averaging 18.5 points on 52.7 percent shooting to go along with 7.1 rebounds. Notably, the 6-foot-7 forward also knocked down slightly better than 40 percent of his shots from behind the arc, albeit on less than 100 total attempts. Still, that mark represents a considerable improvement over the 30 percent clip he registered during his final season at the University of Kentucky.
Given the need for spacing on last season’s roster along with how much the double-plodder tandems struggled to defend against spread lineups, experimenting with the 23-year-old’s developing pseudo-stretchiness and raw athleticism in small bursts arguably would’ve made some sense during the 2016-17 campaign.
Instead, despite having definite need at the position of Ben Bentil, Jarrod Uthoff, and Poythress, the Pacers never mined their farm club’s talent because they were already carrying a full 15-man roster.
Coincidentally, after signing a 10-day contract with the Sixers via injury exception, Poythress shot 5-of-7 from three against Indiana.
However, with Thaddeus Young, Domantas Sabonis, and rookie T.J. Leaf already under contract this go-around, it doesn’t seem like there will be much opportunity for him to demonstrate his developing perimeter touch with the Pacers, even if he can technically be called up for a maximum of 45 days.