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Pacers sign G League guard Stephan Hicks to 10-day deal

With latest call-up, Indiana continues to signal a more cohesive relationship with the Mad Ants while breeding a culture of rewarding hard work.

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The Pacers are signing combo guard-forward Stephan Hicks of the G League to a 10-day contract, the team announced Sunday.

Currently in his fourth season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Hicks has scored in double-figures in all but six games with the team before this call up, averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 27 contests while feasting on duck-ins and shooting a respectable 35 percent from three.

With promising rookie Aaron Holiday and two-way player Edmond Sumner already struggling to find minutes with the Pacers, the Cal-State Northridge Alum capable of punishing smaller guards and spreading floor isn’t likely to crack Indiana’s crowded backcourt rotation unless the score is lopsided with under two minutes to play, as is Nate McMillan’s habit.

Even so, calling up the undrafted G League veteran serves as an active reminder of the franchise’s willingness to reward hard work and facilitate upward mobility, not unlike when they signed Trey McKinney Jones to a 10-day deal last season.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Kevin Pritchard told The Journal Gazette, with regard to adding McKinney Jones. “For us, the Trey signing was about his talent – he’s a tremendous basketball player – but we also knew what he did in the locker room (here) and what he’s done in the community and for this team and for Steve and Brian. Because of that, we wanted to reward him, too, and it wasn’t purely basketball. It was how he was holistically with this team.”

After the 6-foot-6 guard’s initial on-the-job audition expires, the Pacers will have the option to sign Hicks to a second 10-day contract.