The Pacers have waived Kadeem Jack and C.J. Fair, the team announced. Jack was a late addition to the Pacers preseason roster, but his deal didn’t include any guaranteed money, according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, and the same is true for Fair, who agreed to sign before camp. The moves leave the Pacers with 16 players, including 15 full guarantees and Toney Douglas, who’s assured of $600K in a partial guarantee.
Indiana signed Jack with an eye on funneling him to its new one-to-one D-League affiliate, as Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reported, so his release comes as no surprise. NBA teams can claim the D-League rights to as many as four players they waive. The 22-year-old power forward who went undrafted out of Rutgers this year went scoreless in about four minutes during his lone preseason appearance.
Fair’s D-League rights already belonged to the Pacers before they signed him this summer, so the move wasn’t about securing those. This was the second straight year that the 24-year-old combo forward was with the Pacers for the preseason, though he’s failed to make the regular season roster either time. He averaged 1.6 points in 9.5 minutes per game during five preseason contests this fall, a performance that represented more playing time but decreased efficiency compared to his 2014 preseason.