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Pacers add forward Omari Johnson for training camp

The G League veteran may be more ready to step-in in a pinch than his fellow invitees, but at age 28 he’s also nearer to being in the future what he already is now.

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Stretch-four Omari Johnson will be joining the Pacers for training camp, the team announced Friday along with the official release of their 18-man roster.

Johnson, whose G League rights were acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants from the Memphis Hustle in exchange for the rights to Jarrod Uthoff and Chris Fowler, averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 44 games last season. The 28-year-old forward also shot 41.7 percent from three on 7.4 perimeter attempts, which was the second-highest mark among regular starting G League forwards on comparable volume.

In addition to efficient shooting, the seasoned veteran brings with him seven seasons of professional experience, having bounced around from Canada to Spain to the G League to Lithuania and back to the G League, where he most recently was rewarded with a call-up to the Memphis Grizzlies for the final four games of the regular season.

Beyond rounding out the competition for camp, the team also revealed that C.J. Wilcox suffered a torn right Achilles during an offseason workout and will miss the entire 2018-19 season.

After connecting on 58.8 percent of his threes with Indiana’s Summer League team in Las Vegas, the 28th overall pick in the 2014 draft signed a two-way deal with the Pacers.

The setback is a tough blow for Wilcox, not only because of the cruel-timing and severity of the injury but also due to the fact that he battled frustrating knee troubles and “pits of depression” while on a two-way contract with the Trail Blazers last season.

Though not yet waived, the 6-foot-5 wing is not listed on the roster, which suggests that the Pacers will have an available two-way contract up for grabs when training camp opens on Tuesday, September 25.