Pacers officially introduce new team members Oladipo, Sabonis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Pacers introduced their off season additions, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Darren Collison Friday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana acquired Oladipo and Sabonis from the Thunder in exchange for Paul George and signed Collison in free agency.

Oladipo should feel right back home in the state after playing for Indiana University from 2010-2013.  He signed a 4-year, $84 million extension through the 2020-21 season last October.  He averaged 15.9 points in his first season in Oklahoma City as the secondary scorer to league MVP Russell Westbrook.

"To come home, there's no feeling like it,"  Oladipo said.  "To get off that plane the other day and realize I know where I'm at and to see familiar faces, is always a good feeling.  This is where it all started for me.  I'm a Hoosier.  To be able to play for the state team is a blessing."

Sabonis is from Lithuania and played at Gonzaga for two seasons, averaging 17.6 PPG and 11.8 RPG in his sophomore campaign before declaring for the NBA Draft.  He saw a lot of action as a rookie for the Thunder last year, averaging 20 minutes a game.  He is also the son of former Trailblazers big man Arvydas Sabonis.

"It's a great opportunity to build my career here," said Sabonis.  "I'm really excited to be here and thankful to the organization for believing in us."

It's Collison's second stint with the team after spending two seasons with the Pacers from 2010-12 averaging 11.9 points and 5.0 assists per game.

"I never thought I'd be back here,"  Collison said.  "To be back and see so many familiar faces from when I was younger, it feels really good.  I get a chance to play in front of these fans one more time and it's going to be great."

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