The Indiana Pacers are on a mission to enhance their roaster. Last Monday, the Pacers entered into a partial agreement with point guard Toney Douglas.
Though the agreement has not yet been confirmed, it is certain that the deal will be sealed. Prior to joining Pacers, Douglas used to play in New Orleans Pelicans.
Douglas is somehow a veteran in the big league. He has actually switched between six teams of the NBA. And due to his exposure, the point guard can be very useful in offering some tips in training camp.
The Pacers have not reserved a starting position for Douglas. That means that he has to wait until one of their starters suffers an injury or is moved to another team.
He is a very flexible player. Douglas is currently rated as a point guard but he can double as a shooting forward as evidenced in his recent appearances.
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I’m healthy. I know I can play. Things happen sometimes the way you don’t want them to go, but that doesn’t mean they stay like that.”
The point guard started his career while still studying at the University of Florida. He actually scooped the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2009. And that is when the Lakers saw the potential in him and decided to add him in the first round of the draft.
The Lakers did not intend to keep him, they actually moved him to New York before the dawn of draft night. At the moment, Douglas boasts with a career percentage of .352.
Douglas pointed out that he is eagerly waiting for training camp to demonstrate his lethal abilities. “I can defend and I can shoot and score,” Douglas said Tuesday from the Pacers practice court.
“We haven’t gotten in to details of me being here, but I know I’m here for a reason. Once training camp starts I’ll show people what I can do.”
Donnie Walsh is familiar to Douglas. The two rubbed shoulders back in Knicks when Walsh was the team’s general manager while Douglas was in their roaster.
And as fate would have it, they will be together again because Walsh is the current consultant for Pacers. Walsh is certain that Douglas can make a reliable defender only if he is allowed to exploit his abilities. Walsh pointed out that the Knicks limited Douglas to offense.
“Toney’s good enough to be on a team and it could work out that he fits here,” Walsh said. “He’s a good guy; really good guy.”
On his part, Douglas is thrilled to meet an old friend. “I love Donnie,” he said. “He’s always been a great guy. I loved him when I was in New York. Him being here is a great situation. I trust him. He’s not going to lie to you. He’s going to keep it real and tell you what you need to do.”
Douglas was at one time in China thanks to his deal with Jiangsu Dragons. He actually made 35 appearances for them.
“It was a great experience, totally different,” he said of playing in China. “It wasn’t bad like people think it would be. I knew I was going to be back over here.”