Pacers Sign Veteran Point Guard T.J. McConnell

Pacers Sign Veteran Point Guard T.J. McConnell

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Pacers Sign Veteran Point Guard T.J. McConnell

On Wednesday afternoon, the Pacers signed veteran point guard T.J. McConnell? Where does McConnell fit Indiana?

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INDIANAPOLISWith the minimal cap space remaining for the Indiana Pacers this summer, a need was there for a third point guard.

 

The Pacers crossed that off the list on Wednesday afternoon, with the signing of veteran T.J. McConnell.

 

After 4 seasons with the 76ers, McConnell comes to Indiana where he will try and compete with Aaron Holiday for minutes behind Malcolm Brogdon.

 

The two-year deal for McConnell is reportedly for $7 million. The second year of the contract is a team option.

 

McConnell, 27, has been very durable in his career, while consistently averaging around 6 points per game and 4.7 assists in 22 minutes.

 

In 2015, McConnell went undrafted, after playing his collegiate ball for Duquesne and then Arizona.

 

Think of McConnell as more of a traditional point guard, with a pass-first mindset, something that is a bit different from what the Pacers have in Brogdon or Holiday.

 

Needing a third point guard on a nightly basis isn’t necessary, but the insurance is a must.

 

Brogdon has injury history that cannot be ignored, and Holiday is still just going into his second year.

 

With the Pacers, McConnell becomes the second oldest player on the roster and should fit quite well with the desired culture in Indiana.

 

Earlier this offseason, Kevin Pritchard had stated a desire to find a more ‘traditional’ point guard. McConnell, even though he might not crack the rotation every night, fits that style.

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