The Indiana Pacers already signed Al Jefferson in free agency this offseason and traded for Thaddeus Young on draft day to add veteran frontcourt help around second-year big man Myles Turner. Now they’ve added another big man to the rotation by agreeing to a two-year, $3.6 million deal with Kevin Seraphin, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The second year is a team option.
ESPN’s Ian Begley first reported the contract discussions, and Begley noted that the Pacers already had the maximum 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster before agreeing to the deal Seraphin. That means somebody will have to go before the season starts.
Seraphin never started but did play in 48 games in the 2015-16 season for the New York Knicks. He averaged 3.9 points along with 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game in limited action. The former first-round pick of the Washington Wizards hasn’t yet taken the sort of step forward in performance that many anticipated after his second season in the league. He’s only 27 years old, so there may be some development left for Seraphin.
The Pacers finished seventh in the Eastern Conference last season with a 45-37 record, but lost to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. With offseason additions like Jefferson, Young and Jeff Teague, the Pacers will be looking to get home-court advantage in the first round of next year’s playoffs. Beyond their active offseason, Turner will likely be assuming a larger role on the team in his second year in the league and Paul George is another year removed from the gruesome leg injury that kept him out for the bulk of the 2014-15 season.