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Donald Sloan
Donald Sloan
Position: G
Born: 01/15/88
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
According to Sloan, his former agent Elfus indicted to the team during the season that he wanted to be traded. Sloan said he learned about the direct request made on his behalf during his exit meeting with Larry Bird, the team’s President of Basketball Operations. Bird understood Sloan’s frustration with minutes and while Sloan admitted he did want to play more, he explained to Bird that he did not request a move. “I talked to Larry and told him I loved being in Indiana, so we’ll see what happens this free agency,” Sloan said. “They know I’m not a problem, we’ve never had any type of conflict or anything, (I’m a) good locker guy, so I don’t think they’re worried about that.”
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Pacers point guard Donald Sloan has spent the offseason in his hometown Dallas, reshaping his career in more ways than one. As Sloan prepares for his summer of free agency – grinding through two-a-day workouts and day long pick-up games – he has switched representation. Sloan, who approaches his fifth NBA season, will now be represented by sports agents Byron Irvin and Dan Fegan of Relativity Sports. The deal was finalized on Friday night. “Some things weren’t happening the way they should have with who I was represented by the last few years,” Sloan told The Star, “so I just figured now’s a good time as any to make the switch.”
The defensive identity never shattered. The togetherness — such a ubiquitous presence during the fun, front- running times of last year — remained in tact. “I still think morale was high even when we were losing,” reserve point guard Donald Sloan said. “Guys’ heads were still up and maintaining and getting through it. “It’s just a good group. I don’t think if you had different combinations or different guys in here it would be the same.”
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Before Stephenson had committed to Charlotte, his representatives had recognized his successful growth with the Indiana Pacers and a desire to stay. Move a salary off the books, move a player here or there and keep your homegrown talent, Stephenson’s management team urged the Pacers’ front office. With the ability to shed part or all of Luis Scola’s and Donald Sloan’s contracts, people involved in negotiations brought up scenarios to remove those deals to create an increased Year 1 and Year 2 salary for Stephenson in a deal with Indiana. Suggestions went unanswered, without execution. Under the direction of Larry Bird and Herb Simon, the Pacers remained resistant in their contract offer to Stephenson, and lost him. Bird had called Stephenson’s behaviors “disappointing” late in last season’s playoffs, had failed to convince ownership enough of his former second round pick to spike into a luxury tax area, but Stephenson was his guy. He always shielded Stephenson privately and publicly. Away from this partnership, Stephenson understands there’s no turning back now, no grudge to keep.
The Pacers will bring in a mix of free agents and undrafted rookies. Last summer, veteran Rasual Butler made a big impression, earned an invite to training camp and was on the roster throughout the season. Players are scheduled to report to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday. The Pacers are expected to announce the complete roster this weekend. While not complete, the following are the players I have confirmed will take part: Solomon Hill, Donald Sloan, Kevin Jones, James Nunnally, Jake Odum, Tyler Stone, Ashaun Dixon-Tatum.
If you follow recently signed Pacers guard Donald Sloan on twitter, you’ve likely noticed that his tweets are repetitive. Nearly every morning, the 25-year-old sends out the same six-character tweet: I’m Up. “I’m up and at it,” said Sloan of its meaning. “Whenever I wake up, I send that out.” As for the origin: ”I saw a guy off of 30 Rock and he said it for like a year straight. That’s all he tweeted – ‘I’m up’ – every morning he got up. I was like, ‘I’ll take that,’ and then I started doing it. And other people I know are starting to do it now. It’s just — I’m up, starting the day. Get it going.”
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed guard Donald Sloan to a 10-day contract. Sloan most recently played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League, where he appeared in two contests and averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 36.5 minutes per game. The Texas A&M product appeared in 20 regular games earlier this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being waived on December 25. Sloan averaged 4.1 points, 1.9 assists and 1.4 rebounds in just under 13 minutes per game. Sloan was originally signed by Cleveland on March 16, 2012.
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There is a leader in the competition for the backup point guard position with the Cavaliers, but coach Byron Scott won’t divulge who it is and he certainly isn’t ready to name a winner in the race between Donald Sloan and Jeremy Pargo. With about a week left in training camp, one of the looming decisions is whether to carry two or three point guards. The Cavs must release two more players before the start of the season, but those cuts aren’t expected to come until after Tuesday’s preseason finale.
Although the contract isn’t guaranteed and he could be waived at any time, the 24-year-old Sloan said this is the earliest he has ever secured a contract for the following season. Now he won’t have to spend his summer nervously waiting for the phone to ring. Instead, he’ll go home for about a week after the season ends, then he’s coming right back to Cleveland to participate in an offseason program. He’ll attend summer league in July with Irving, Tristan Thompson and the rookies drafted in June. Sloan eagerly agreed to return to Cleveland quickly and was thrilled the Cavs want him back so soon after the season ends. “That’s a good thing,” Sloan said, joking that it’s worse when teams don’t care where a player is or what he’s doing. “That’s when you have to worry.”
The money between a 10-day deal and a guaranteed deal for the rest of the season was minimal, so General Manager Chris Grant calculated it was worth it to secure Sloan just in case other teams were interested in giving him a 10-day deal. Sloan said the Houston Rockets were showing interest, but he was glad to have the Cavs’ offer. The Rockets signed point guard Courtney Fortson the day after the Cavs signed Sloan. “I’m glad to be here,” Sloan said. “Mr. Grant tells me all the time, ‘There’s a reason we didn’t just give you a 10-day. There’s a reason we signed you for the rest of the year and non-guaranteed next year.’?”
Rookie Donald Sloan ended up being the odd man out with Kirk Hinrich’s return from shoulder surgery. The Hawks waived Sloan today, well in advance of the Feb. 10 deadline for all contracts to be come guaranteed. The Hawks now have 14 players on the roster and, by my accounting, releasing Sloan gets them comfortably below the luxury-tax line so they won’t need to waive anyone else for that reason. Signing a veteran free agent this season without releasing a player by Feb. 10 would push Atlanta’s payroll back above the tax line.