Tony East: I asked Kevin Pritchard about Edmond Sumner’s team option, which the Pacers have to decide on by tomorrow: “Ed will be back with the team. He had a great year.”
Tony East: "I want to be a Pacer, I love the Pacers... I'm a loyal guy," Edmond Sumner says. He has a team option this offseason, though I find it impossible to believe the Pacers wouldn't pick it up and keep him around next season.
Expect the Pacers to exercise the $2.3 million team option of Edmond Sumner by Aug. 1. In 53 games this season, Sumner averaged 7.5 points on 39.8% from 3. According to ProFitX, Sumner has outplayed his $2.1 million contract for the 2020-21 season by a remarkable $8 million.
Scott Agness: Pacers guard Edmond Sumner signed his new three-year deal this morning. His strange left foot injury has cleared up and he’s eager to compete for a spot in the rotation. He’ll soon take part in the NBA’s rookie transition period.
Scott Agness: Also, with the Pacers guaranteeing Alize Johnson’s contract for next season, they now have 11 players under contract and two more needing to sign: T.J. McConnell and Edmond Sumner. Two (of 15) roster spots open.
Scott Agness: Pacers declined the $1.6 million team option for Edmond Sumner and extended a qualifying offer, league sources tell @The Athletic. The two sides have been working towards a multi-year agreement. Sumner, who can play the 1/2/3, isn’t going anywhere.
September 24, 2021 | 12:28 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: Manu Ginobili is returning to the San Antonio Spurs as a special advisor to basketball operations. Ginobili will take on a player-centric role that’s focused on the development of players on and off the court.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Gregg Popovich, RC Buford and GM Brian Wright have wanted the legendary star’s involvement since his 2018 retirement and helped convince him of a role. Ginobili, 44, is a four-time champion and future Hall of Famer.
Shams Charania: The Detroit Pistons are signing rookie center Luka Garza to a new two-year contract, his agents Mike Kneisley and Odell Witherspoon told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Garza, the No. 52 pick, has his two-way converted to a full NBA deal.
Shams Charania: Bulls second-year forward Patrick Williams suffered a severe left ankle sprain and is anticipated to return in 4-to-6 weeks.
September 24, 2021 | 11:44 am EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk says it’s still the hope to get something done with Kevin Huerter by the start of this season, regarding an extension. Says negotiations are still ongoing.
Michael Singer: Michael Porter Jr.’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, to @denverpost regarding a contract extension: “Tim (Connelly) and I talk all the time, we have a great relationship.” So, yes, talks are ongoing. denverpost.com/2021/09/23/nug…