The Pacers have assigned rookies Miles Plumlee and Orlando Johnson to their D-League affiliate, the team announced today in a press release. The two players aren't expected to remain with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for long, however. According to the team, Plumlee and Johnson will play two games in the D-League before rejoining the Pacers next week.
The Pacers are scheduled to play two games at home this week before embarking on a three-game road trip that begins with a contest against the Lakers in L.A. next Tuesday. Plumlee and Johnson, who have seen limited minutes in Indiana, will play in games for Fort Wayne on Friday and Sunday before rejoining the NBA squad. For the Pacers, who share the Mad Ants as an affiliate with the Bobcats, Pistons, and Bucks, it's the first time the've ever assigned a player to the D-League.
"We could not be happier to have Miles and Orlando join our team for these first two games," said Mad Ants head coach Duane Ticknor. "We think we can provide both players a great opportunity to improve their games, and I am excited for this watershed moment in our partnership with the Pacers."