Indiana Pacers point guard Cory Joseph will exercise his $7.95 million player-option to return to the team next season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
This would be the final of a four-year, $30 million deal he signed while still a member of the Toronto Raptors, playing backup to All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry.
The Canadian court general has played an integral part in this franchise following the blockbuster trade of Paul George and the departure of Jeff Teague as the team’s starting point guard.
Backing up Darren Collison this season, Joseph put up 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game, taking over the starting spot once Collison was forced to undergo an arthroscopic knee surgery, keeping the team afloat with his heady play.
Joseph’s decision to opt-in is expected to be a popular one this summer, knowing the arid market that awaits point guards that won’t fetch a max return for their services.
The Pacers will count on the serviceable veteran for another season in their efforts to building from what this team has managed to do this season, climbing up to the fifth spot in the East and taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to the brink of elimination in the postseason after being swept in 2016-17.