ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Indiana Pacers signed Ben Moore to a two-way contract which will allow the Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward to spend up to 45 days in the NBA with the Pacers over the remainder of the season.
After signing Alex Poythress to a regular NBA deal, the Pacers had a two-way spot available to use before the option expired on Jan. 15 (Monday). So now Moore joins injured rookie Edmond Sumner as the Pacers two-way contract duo. When the spot opened up either Moore or fellow Mad Ants forward Jarod Uthoff appeared to make the most sense.
Uthoff has had a better season for the Mad Ants in all but one critical statistic, averaging 18 points and 8.6 rebounds in 35 minutes per game, while shooting a tick under 40 percent from 3-land on almost five attempts per game giving hime the look of a solid stretch four. By comparison, Moore averages just over one 3-ball attempt per game and is shooting ‘em a tick under 30 percent. Moore is averaging 11 points and 6.6 rebounds in 28 minutes per game.
The one critical stat in favor of Moore is age. At 22, Moore is two years younger than Uthoff in his rookie season after going undrafted out of SMU. He also has front-court Swiss army knife potential as Kevin O’Connor profiled this summer and CC explained during training camp.
The Pacers still have an open roster spot after waiving Damien Wilkins last week. Wilkins appears likely to fill that spot himself with at least a couple of 10-day deals should no other players work out for the Pacers.