JULY 9th, 10:08am: The signing is official, the Pacers announced.
11:33am: The Pacers and unrestricted free agent Al Jefferson are nearing an agreement on a contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports (Twitter link). The proposed deal would be for three years and $30MM, Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweets.
If Indiana does add Jefferson it will be the latest high-profile move the team has made this offseason, previously acquiring point guard Jeff Teague from the Hawks and combo forward Thaddeus Young from the Nets. It would appear that team executive Larry Bird is determined to remake his roster for new head coach Nate McMillan. Jefferson will add some needed toughness in the paint as well as solid veteran leadership to Indiana’s locker room.
Jefferson, 31, made just 47 appearances this season as he struggled with injuries. He averaged 12.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.3 minutes of action per outing. He shot .485/.000/.649 from the field on the year.