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Damien Wilkins
Damien Wilkins
Position: None
Born: 01/11/80
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $992,696
Damien Wilkins, known as the wise vet in the Pacers’ locker room, celebrated his 38th birthday on Thursday. This comes a few weeks after he learned that his fiancé would be having a boy — Baby Zion, due in May — and four days after the Pacers waived him before his contract became guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Icing on his birthday cake was being surprised by more than half of the players, plus several other support staff, at a birthday get together in Indy organized by his Jasmine, his fiancé.
Wilkins has been universally praised in the locker room for being a true pro and beyond that, for being a great sounding board for the young guys. “I look up to him in every aspect of the game really, just his approach,” Myles Turner said. “He’s legit the first one here every morning. Like two, three hours before practice, he gets his work in. He’s in the weight room every day. He’s just a true professional and that’s one of the things I really appreciated and I took away from him.”
“I hope, based on what people told me all the time around here, that I inspired them in some way to not give up on their dreams,” Wilkins said. “And I’m not giving up on mine. I still want to play this one season out, and then who knows? “(I‘m not going to get) discouraged,” Wilkins said. “I’m a fighter. Always have been. It’s the foundation of my life and my career.”
Storyline: Damien Wilkins Free Agency
McMillan said he knew of no candidates to fill Wilkins’ roster spot yet, but was pleased with what he got from the veteran wing. “Everything we were looking for from him, we got, even more,” McMillan said. “With such a young group, we wanted a guy who could come in and fill in if we needed him to play, who would have himself ready to play. “He was the pro we thought we were getting. (But waiving players) is part of our business and we have to go through with it.”
NBA teams had until the close of business on Sunday to waive players with non-guaranteed contracts to allow them a chance to be picked up by another team before the Jan. 10 deadline, when all contracts become guaranteed. Wilkins was one of those players, and knew all along he was an at-risk player. “I’ve been in this business long enough to not be surprised by anything,” he told the assembled media after talking with Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard, general manager Chad Buchanan and, separately, coach Nate McMillan. “Things like this happen. Businesses got to make business decisions. That’s the tough part of this business for guys like me.”