Report: Indiana Pacers sign veteran Damien Wilkins
The Indiana Pacers made a surprising move. The team that went through a lot of change this off-season made one more free agent signing. However, this move is very strange, to say the least.
According to Michael Scotto from the Basketball Insiders, the organization signed NBA veteran Damien Wilkins.
Indiana Pacers and Damien Wilkins have agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum deal, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 20, 2017
The nephew of NBA legend Dominique Wilkins is making an NBA comeback. He went undrafted in the 2004 NBA Draft but had stints with the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers. Since leaving the Sixers in 2013, Wilkins spent time in China, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and in the D-league.
It is still unclear why the Pacers pulled off this move. The most plausible solution is that they need to fill out their roster and Wilkins does bring some veteran leadership. Financially, it is an irrelevant deal since Wilkins signed for one year, and for the veteran’s minimum.
Wilkins’ best season was in 2007-08 for the Seattle Supersonics. He averaged 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, shooting 40.3 percent from the field.
His last NBA job was supposed to be with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015, but he was waived only eight days after he was signed. It is also worth noting that other than being the nephew of Dominique Wilkins, he is the son of former Knicks, Cavs, Grizzlies and Magic guard Gerald Wilkins.