Within days of Ben Moore receiving a ringing endorsement from FIBA Qualifying head coach Jeff Van Gundy during ESPN’s broadcast of the Pacers-Knicks game on Wednesday, the Indiana Pacers announced on Saturday that they have waived the athletic small forward.
Moore, who averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds to go with two steals in five games with Indiana’s Summer League team in Las Vegas, signed a one-year, partially guaranteed deal heading into training camp after playing last season on two-way contract.
At 6-foot-8, the Southern Methodist University product was one of only ten players in the G League last season to tally at least 100 offensive rebounds and 40 steals, a testament to the nose he has for the ball — whether crashing and leaping over his teammates seated on the bench to avoid losing a possession, or sacrificing his body to convert a clutch putback.
Moore also worked on his shot, knocking down 35 percent of his attempts from three (1.3 per game) with the Mad Ants after going 1-of-5 over his four years in college.
The 23-year-old aggressor only attempted three shots during preseason, but he tallied six rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes of action.
Prior to his waiver, Moore had been listed as inactive in each of the blue and gold’s first nine regular season games.
Indiana’s standard roster now sits at 14 players, one less than the regular season maximum.
Sumner, who impressed during preseason play with his explosive change of speed and improved finishing touch in addition to his physical attributes while filling in at both guard positions, might well be primed to shake things up however.
Currently inked to a two-way contract, the clock on the 45 days (not games) that the 6-foot-5 slasher can spend with the Pacers started ticking with the open of G League training camp on October 22.
With an open roster spot, Indiana’s front office now has the flexibility to convert the potential diamond in the rough’s two-way contract into a guaranteed deal before or if his maximum allotment of days expires.
As for Moore, his contract was guaranteed for less than $50,000 according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, so he will still be able to play for the Mad Ants if no other teams claims him or signs him as a free agent.