Pacers: Dj Augustin and Gerald Green

The Indiana Pacers acquire DJ Augustin and Gerald Green.

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After a questionable trade by the Indiana Pacers administration, giving away Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones for Ian Mahinmi, it’s all starting to make sense now. Earlier today the Pacers signed, newly-made unrestricted free agent, DJ Augustin to a 1 year, 3.5 million dollar contract, and Gerald Green to a contract for somewhere near 10 million dollars in 3 years. Both players fill crucial spots on the team as Gerald Green will likely serve as a much needed back-up for Danny Granger, and DJ Augustin will back-up George Hill, replacing Darren Collison. Both players also are guys who can create their own shots and give teams major scoring boosts.

DJ Augustin was made an unrestricted free agent by the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday. Augustin has been with the Bobcats since 2008, when they selected him as the 9th overall pick in that draft. In those four years, he has averaged 11 points and 4 and a half assists per game. He’s a solid point guard, and should put in solid minutes for the Pacers coming off the bench in the 2012-2013 season.

Gerald Green was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2005 NBA Draft with the 18th pick overall. In 2007, he won the NBA Slam Dunk contest, and he was runner-up in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk contest. He played with multiple teams until 2009 when he went to play overseas. It was then believed that he had become a had-been when it came to the NBA, until he was signed to a 10 day contract with the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 27, 2012. He was signed to one more 10 day contract until the Nets decided to sign him for the rest of the season. Throughout his entire NBA career, Green averaged about 8 points and 2 rebounds per game. However, he’s shown that he can score if given the chance, with a career high of 33 points and quite a few 20+ point games. He should make a very good, explosive back-up to Danny Granger.

Written: 7/12/2012 at 10:39

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