The Indiana Pacers trimmed their roster down to their final 15 roster spots ahead of Monday’s deadline when they parted ways with forward Jeremy Evans and guard Julyan Stone. The team opens the season at home on Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
Evans, who was guaranteed $1.23 million for 2016-17, has been best known in his NBA career for being the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion, even after having entered as an injury replacement for Iman Shumpert. The following year he lost his crown to Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors, but for an NBA career that began in 2010, Evans is still primarily known for his exploits during 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend.
Drafted in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, he would play with the franchise off and on through the 2014-15 season. Despite his parts of five years with the team, he started only seven games and played in just 219, with his single-season high coming in 2013-14 when he got into 66 games. That season was also the best of his career, when he averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He saw action in 30 games last year with the Dallas Mavericks, but averaged just 8.4 minutes per night.
Julyan Stone last appeared in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors in 2013-14 for 21 games off the bench, averaging just 5.7 minutes per game. He started two games in his NBA career, both of which came during his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12, after he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of UTEP. He spent last season playing overseas in Turkey.