Report: Pacers convert Edmond Sumner’s 2-way deal into 2-year full-fledged contract
Second-year guard Edmond Sumner was the recipient of some very good news lately after his previous two-way deal was reportedly converted by the Indiana Pacers to a full-fledged NBA contract that will extend to a team option for the 2019-20 season:
Sources: The Pacers are signing two-way guard Edmond Sumner to two-year NBA contract, with a team option for next season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 11, 2019
Sumner signed a two-way contract with the Pacers last summer, and he has since made only 17 appearances for the team. Currently, the 23-year-old is averaging just 2.4 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.5 steals in 9.8 minutes per ballgame.
Nonetheless, the Pacers seem to have seen something in the former NBA G League standout, which has prompted the team’s front office to keep him on for the long haul. This likely has a lot to do with the recent season-ending injury sustained by main man and starting 2-guard Victor Oladipo. However, with the team recently signing Wesley Matthews, Sumner will have a tough time landing significant minutes in head coach Nate McMillan’s rotation.
Despite the loss of Oladipo, the Pacers have remained very competitive and are currently ranked third overall in the East with a 37-19 record. They are only 4.5 games behind the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
It is worth noting, however, that it has only been a few weeks since their All-Star guard was forced to the sidelines. There’s still a long way to go this season, and Indiana will likely begin to feel the loss of their superstar sooner rather than later. At this point, the Pacers can definitely use all the help they can get.