INDIANAPOLIS – 2018 NBA free agency has begun and the Indiana Pacers have made their first move.
According to ESPN, Indiana has agreed to a three-year contract with forward Doug McDermott for $22 million. McDermott spent time with the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks in 2017-18, averaging 7.8 points and 2.5 rebounds a game. The Mavs withdrew their qualifying offer to McDermott, making him a free agent.
The news comes after the Pacers declined Joe Young‘s $1.6 million option and guaranteed Bojan Bogdanovic‘s $10.5 million deal for the 2018-19 season.
Despite being just 26 years old, the Pacers will already be McDermott’s fifth NBA team.
He was drafted 11th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, with his rights being traded to the Chicago Bulls on draft night. McDermott played in Chicago for three seasons before being involved in a handful of trades. Chicago to Oklahoma City in Feb. of 2017, Oklahoma City to New York in Sep. of 2017 and finally New York to Dallas in Feb. of 2018.
McDermott is a career 40.3% three-point shooter, something he was widely know for in his college days at Creighton.