After spending the better part of the last three weeks with the Pacers while Victor Oladipo was out with knee soreness, Edmond Sumner is back with Fort Wayne for tonight’s game against the Westchester Knicks, but he isn’t in uniform.
Per Justin A. Cohn of The Journal Gazette, the 22-year-old slasher on a two-way contract is watching from the sidelines in street clothes, and an initial report suggested that he at some point may have been receiving treatment for an unspecified injury in Indianapolis.
Sumner, who has averaged 24.6 points on 56 percent shooting while tallying more turnovers (22) than assists (21) in five games with the Mad Ants this season, logged less than 10 minutes of action with the Pacers over the last nine games as the clock continued to tick on the 45-days he can spend with an NBA team.
Struggling to crack the team’s crowded backcourt rotation isn’t necessarily outside of the norm; however, if he was indeed rehabbing with the team’s medical staff at any point over that span, those particular days would not count toward his maximum allotment unless he was also a participant at practice and/or film sessions.
Either way, Oladipo’s return to the lineup gives Indiana’s brass the option to conserve the Xavier alum’s countable days before being pressed into making a decision on whether to promote him from his two-way deal to a standard NBA contract.
Notably, after Walter Lemon Jr. was waived by the Boston Celtics, the Mad Ants declined to bring him back and instead opted to trade his rights to the Windy City Bulls in order preserve playing time for Sumner when he is with them on transfer.
“(Coach Steve Gansey) and I would have loved to have brought Walt back but didn’t see a way to do it without compromising his goals and we want to do right by him and by Edmond,” Brian Levy told The Journal.
Indiana currently has 14 players on the standard roster, one shy of the league maximum.