The Pacers have signed free agent point guard Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, the team announced Saturday. With the roster now standing at 17 (including Edmond Sumner’s two-way contract) and maybe 18 (depending on how the team proceeds with the two-way contract of injured sharpshooter C.J. Wilcox), Indiana is expected to waive Denzel-Dyson prior to the cut deadline at 5:00 PM on Monday with the intention of making him an affiliate player after having acquired his G League rights.
The undrafted guard, who averaged 15.2 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 42.1 percent from three during his senior season at Samford University in 2017-18, was announced as a participant on the Grizzlies’ 2018 Summer League mini-camp roster but was never listed on the club’s roster in Utah or Las Vegas.
Following preseason waivers, Indiana will be allowed to assign up to four affiliate players to the Mad Ants.
After being released by the Pacers yesterday, Omari Johnson and Elijah Stewart are likely candidates to join Denzel-Dyson in Fort Wayne.
Both players signed Exhibit-10 deals, which means they’ll earn a $50,000 bonus if they report to the Mad Ants.
Intrigue, however, continues to loom around Ben Moore’s long-term affiliation with the Pacers.
In the event that Edmond Sumner comes to exceed the 45-day maximum he’s allowed to spend with the Pacers, Indiana’s front office will need to open a spot (presumably Moore’s) on the 15-man roster in order to convert his two-way contract to a guaranteed deal.
As such, if Moore ends up being waived to maintain roster flexibility and no other team claims him or signs him as a free agent before the end of camp, his ability to continue his journey in Fort Wayne will depend upon the dollar amount on his partial guarantee. By league rule, if Moore earned more than $50K with Indiana at training camp, he won’t be able to play for the Mad Ants during the 2018-19 season.
Fort Wayne opens the regular season on the road against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday, November 2.