The Pacers have one more practice day before tipping off the regular season on Wednesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
All of the roster and contract extension questions have been answered with few, if any, surprises. James Johnson, earned the final regular roster spot up for grabs in camp, beating out veteran Langston Galloway and a few other camp invitees, as expected. The Pacers value Johnson’s presence on the roster and in the locker room more than his play on the court. He’s the old head to help guide the young players, particularly in the front court, who will be playing, while also providing a level of toughness, having everyone’s back when needed.
Speaking of young players, the Pacers picked up rookie extensions for all of their young players still on rookie deals. On the other side of the business decisions, the team did not extend an offer to Goga Bitadze which will make him a free agent after the season. He could still sign with the Pacers next summer but even if he earns that offer, Goga may want to go elsewhere for a better opportunity.
The Pacers also update the injury report with Tyrese Haliburton (back) returning to practice and appearing ready to go in the opener. Aaron Nesmith (plantar fascia) remains limited and remains ‘questionable’ to start the season. Daniel Theis (rest) is also not expected to play while he deals with one of the worst cases of ‘rest’ ever diagnosed.
The Pacers not only play their opener at home on Wednesday, they also play at home on Friday (San Antonio) and Saturday (Detroit), so it is officially Pacers week in Indy. Enjoy!
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