Pacers introduce Young, Jefferson, Evans as latest additions to roster
The Indiana Pacers introduced three new additions to the roster – Thaddeus Young, Al Jefferson and Jeremy Evans.
Pacers President Larry Bird emphasized that as he looks for this team to contend for the Eastern Conference title, he also expects a faster, more up-tempo style of play. Bird and head coach Nate McMillan, in a meeting with the media Friday, said all three players will be vital to that vision, while also adding depth at key positions.
“I think this roster allows us to, with the versatility that we have, it allows us to play the tempo we want to play,” McMillan said. “I think we can match up with any style of play, big or small.”
Young was acquired in a trade from Brooklyn and told reporters he’s excited to be an addition to a solid Pacers foundation and play alongside All-Star Paul George.
“I’ve always been the guy that doesn’t need the ball to score, I just find ways to do it and I want to continue to do that,” Young said Friday.
Jefferson is a league veteran who posed plenty of problems for the Indiana defense the last few seasons during his time with the Charlotte Hornets.
“Gotta bring some of this old school post game back in the NBA, everybody wants to shoot threes,” Jefferson said with a laugh. “I’m just really trying to come in and play my role and get deeper into the playoffs.”
The Pacers made a trade with Dallas to obtain Evans, who recently underwent shoulder surgery but said he is expected to be ready to go for the regular season. Evans stressed that he’s eager to contribute to Nate McMillan’s team in whatever role he’s called.
“For me, I just want to come in, be an energy guy, come in and compete in practice, work hard and be an example out there on the court and keep hustling and playing tough,” Evans said.
Point guard Jeff Teague, an Indianapolis native and Pike High School product, comes to the Pacers from the Hawks. He will be introduced with his new squad on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.