The Indiana Pacers take the court tonight (this afternoon?) against the Oklahoma City Thunder in their final “regular season” Summer League game. The Pacers put it on the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday to win their first game, but at 1-2, will likely still find themselves outside of the Summer League playoffs.
Yesterday, the Pacers withdrew their qualifying offer from Cassius Stanley, making him an unrestricted free agent. Stanley has played quite well this Summer League, averaging 9.3 PPG on 62.5% shooting, but the Pacers have struggled to open up roster spots in an attempt to shore up their point guard rotation, forcing them to make the decision on Stanley. Stanley does have a camp invite, however.
For the Summer Pacers, it will be another opportunity to see their first round picks in action barring rest. Chris Duarte has led the way for Indiana on 18.0 PPG on 44% three point shooting, only failing to convert on a buzzer beating three when it came from the other end of the floor. Isaiah Jackson has been a highlight as well, averaging 14.5 points, 5.7 boards, and two blocks a game, shining against Portland’s Kenneth Faried and Michael Beasley in Thursday’s contest.
The Thunder are 1-2 themselves, led by Theo Maledon in yesterday’s loss to Golden State, scoring 18. The only one of Oklahoma City’s three draft picks to play yesterday was their second round pick Anthony Wiggins, who had seven points on 2-10 shooting. Tre Mann played the first two games, averaging nine a game on a very Summer League-esque 24.1% shooting.
The Pacers will face the Thunder at 6 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
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