The Pacers introduced three of their free agent signings on Friday afternoon, one of them being a familiar face in forward Lavoy Allen.
The veteran forward, who was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers via a trade at the deadline of the 2013-14 season, will wear the blue and gold during his fourth season in the NBA. In the 14 games he appeared for the Pacers, Allen averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Allen stressed that he was pleased that the Pacers were happy with his performances in limited time this past season, and wants to make sure he is ready if the squad calls upon him more this upcoming year.
“The main thing is just getting in really good shape,” said Allen. “You never know what can happen. There can be games where you can play a bunch of minutes. So I’m just going to get in really good shape, be ready to go, no matter what the situation is.”
One person who seemed incredibly happy about the chance to play for the Pacers is 6-10 forward Damjan Rudez, a Croatian that played his last two seasons for CAI Zaragoza in the Liga ACB. The Pacers believe Rudez will be able to help stretch the floor on offense, with Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel noting he is one of the top shooters out of Europe. Rudez feels like he’ll be able to make an impact with the team that he stated was one of the best in the world.
“Shooting is my specialty,” said Rudez. “That is something I hope I can bring to the table. There are many things that I can do. I have been brought up so I can cover both wing positions, the three and four is what I’ve been doing in Europe for the past couple years. I’m pretty versatile.”
Lastly the Pacers also introduced ten-year veteran guard/forward C.J. Miles, who averaged 10.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers the last two seasons. Miles was very optimistic about his chances of helping out a team that is right in the position to make a run at the championship.
“Outside shooting is one of the biggest reasons I think they came for us to have a conversation in the first place,” said Miles on what he brings to the team.
“Scoring points, energy, and I play with passion every night. I can defend my position, and I’m willing to do anything to win games. That is what you see when you look at this team. Everybody is hard-nosed, and headed towards the right direction in that they want to win. That’s what I’m down for.”
There still has been no word on free agent Lance Stephenson, though Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel did note that the Pacers have an offer out there if Lance is willing to accept it.