Rayshaun Hammonds agrees to deal with Pacers
He's a 6-9 forward who played for Tom Crean at Georgia.
Undrafted free agent Rayshaun Hammonds has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Pacers, according to a league source.
Hammonds is a 6-9 forward who decided to forego his senior season at the University of Georgia to turn pro. He’s 22, a lefty with agility and range. He can score inside, is working to become a more consistent 3-point shooter and he led the Bulldogs in rebounding.
Hammonds was second in scoring behind freshman standout Anthony Edwards, who the Timberwolves selected first overall. Hammonds averaged 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 46.4 percent from the field and 35 percent from distance.
He spent time training for the draft in both Indiana and Arizona.
The Pacers sent their first-round pick to the Bucks last offseason in a deal for Malcolm Brogdon so they only had one selection Wednesday night. They used the 54th overall pick to draft Cassius Stanley just after midnight.
An Exhibit 10 contract is a training camp invite, an opportunity for him to prove himself. He can be given up to $50,000 in guaranteed money and still join the Pacers’ G League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, if he is waived.
The Pacers have 12 players under contract for the upcoming season. They can carry up to 15 and bring 20 players to camp.
Ultimately, players like Hammonds are shortchanged a bit without summer league or full training camp to improve and play against NBA competition. Teams, however, will play three or four preseason games from Dec. 11-19.
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