What They’re Saying: Pacers Trade for Christmas, Sign Robinson III
The Indiana Pacers continued their slew of offseason changes in the past few days, trading a future second round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for rookie power forward Rakeem Christmas. Christmas, a four-year player out of Syracuse, was picked in the second round, 36th overall, by the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a draft-night trade with Cleveland. Indiana also announced the signing of Glenn Robinson III. Robinson III is a forward entering his second NBA season after spending his rookie year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2014 NBA Draft and the Philadelphia 76ers, who picked him up off waivers following his release from Minnesota. Find out what they’re saying about the Pacers’ newest acquisitions.
Indy Star: “With Christmas, the Pacers currently have six bigs (players who could fulfill the power forward and/or center positions) on the roster, including Lavoy Allen, Jordan Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Myles Turner and Shayne Whittington. The logjam of bigs just may signal the Pacers’ plans to utilize the NBA Development League team Fort Wayne Mad Ants to help advance younger players.” Read more.
Indy Star: “Robinson gives the Pacers 15 players under contract, the maximum they can keep during the regular season. He fits the team’s plan to play faster and acquire more versatile players, providing depth on the wing. However, he averaged just 2.1 points in 35 games as rookie playing for two of the league’s worst teams in Philadelphia and Minnesota.” Read more.
Bleacher Report: “The Syracuse alum forced his way into the draft conversation after a big senior season with the Orange in which he averaged 17.5 points per game and 9.1 rebounds. In four NBA Summer League games, Christmas averaged 8.0 points per game and 4.5 rebounds with the Cavaliers, according to the team’s press release. Cleveland’s second-round pick it acquired in the deal will come in 2019. Read more.
ProBasketballTalk: “Christmas is 6’10” and incredibly long — a 7’5” wingspan. He was a shot blocker camped in the middle of the Syracuse zone in college, but he has the body to defend in the NBA post.” Read more.
mlive.com: “Glenn Robinson III didn’t have what anyone would consider an ideal rookie season in the National Basketball Association a year ago. But, 12 months later, he’s still standing. The former Michigan forward signed a new deal with the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.” Read more.
What They’re Saying on Twitter:
Indy Star – Candace Buckner:
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 27, 2015
Rotoworld – Michael Gallagher:
Nice little pickup for the Pacers. Rakeem Christmas has some potential as an athletic 4. He’s only 6’9, but has a 7’5 wingspan.
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) July 23, 2015
8 Points 9 Seconds:
Pacers sign Glenn Robinson III, aka, Lil Dawg. Here’s your Pacer roster. 29-year-old Monta Ellis is the oldest guy. pic.twitter.com/NYH4Kb06b5
— Jared Wade (@8pts9secs) July 25, 2015
Bobby Marks, former NBA Executive:
Christmas, Young and Robinson contract with IND comes out of cap space.Pacers have a nice mix of young players and veterans. Nice off-season
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 25, 2015