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Pacers sign C.J. Wilcox to two-way contract

The Pacers filled the remaining two-way spot on their roster after Wilcox impressed the team in Las Vegas.

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When in doubt in today’s NBA, add another wing who can shoot. The Pacers did just that on Friday, announcing the signing of C.J. Wilcox to fill their open two-way player spot.

Wilcox joins Edmond Sumner on a two-way deal that will have both playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants the bulk of the upcoming season with the ability to spend 45 days (not games, days) with the Pacers.

Wilcox is 6’5 with a wingspan of 6’10 and certainly showed he can shoot it this summer when he made 58.8 percent of his three-balls in Vegas. Expecting that type of fire from behind the arc is not realistic but Wilcox has shot around 40 percent throughout a career dotted with spotty opportunities.

Last season, Wilcox was on a two-way deal with Portland but a knee injury minimized his action to 12 games with Santa Cruz. Wilcox was drafted by the Clippers with the 28th overall pick in 2014 out of Washington (Bow Down!). He spent time in the G-League during his first two season before being traded to the Magic before the 2016-17 season. Orlando waived Wilcox later that season and he’s been on the grind to get back in the league ever since.

The two-way G-League deal will pay Wilcox $77, 250 for his G-League time while offering him a pro rated portion of the NBA rookie minimum salary (around $840, 000) for any time spent with the Pacers up to 45 days. If Wilcox uses all 45 days with the Pacers, he can make around $385,000 for the season. The salary also does not count against the team’s salary cap.

With both two-way spots on the roster filled, the Pacers have one spot remaining on their regular 15-man roster.