The Indiana Pacers made a bunch of moves to revamp their roster Friday. In total, the franchise waived three players to clear roster points and added three players to the mix.
Indiana moved on from David Stockton, Benny Powright and Gabe York in the standings. These three players signed contracts that included Display Language 10 last week, which means they will receive a cash bonus if they play at Indiana’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, for at least 60 days.
Relinquishing those players unlocked points on the Pacers’ roster, and they were instantly populated. Blue and Gold agreed to deals with Langston Galloway, Justin Anderson and Norville Bailey.
Galloway stands out as a noteworthy addition within that group. The guard has been in the NBA for eight seasons and has spent time with several competitors—including Phoenix, Brooklyn and Milwaukee—during the last two campaigns. He played in two playoff games for the Suns during their run to the 2021 NBA Finals.
Galloway was also a now teammate with Baser Galen Smith in Phoenix. The 6-foot-1-inch guard has spent some of his off-season playing with Team USA in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, averaging so far 13.7 points per game in six games.
The Saint Joseph University product has skills that naturally identify him as a combo keeper. He’s dealing with a low turnover ball—he had the best turnover in the entire NBA for two consecutive seasons with the Detroit Pistons—that characterizes simple readings. But he’s not steady enough to go into the paint to be a full-time ranger. Fortunately, Galloway is a formidable player in catching and shooting the ball, which allows him to play the ball in the occasional archery. He managed 43.8% of three-pointers taken and shots during his last full season in the NBA.
Galloway’s contract is a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, similar to the one signed by striker James Johnson for Blue and Gold last week. The two players will compete with each other, among other training camp contractors, for a spot at the back of the regular season roster in Indiana.
Mad Ants own the G League rights to both Anderson and Pelle, so these two players were a natural fit for their bootcamp deals with Pacers. Fort Wayne acquired Pelle’s rights to the trade just over a week ago.
Anderson spent 13 games with Indiana last season over several different contracts. He averaged 6.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while spending minutes on the wing, something the team desperately needed. In the G League, the six-year Pro averaged 27.8 points per game in 2021-22 — he was named to the All-NBA G League First team.
Anderson played for Pacers coach Rick Carlisle in three of his six seasons in the NBA. Two of those campaigns were with the Dallas Mavericks in mid-2010.
“He’s a good player,” Carlisle said of Anderson last season.
Bailey has three years of NBA experience with five different franchises. The massive 29-year-old is a victorious and blocky player who uses his size effectively around the basket.
The Indiana Pacers will begin their training camp early next week. If Galloway, Anderson, and Pelle were still on the roster at the time, they would compete for the team’s last place or open a two-way slot during camp. Bailey is the only one of the trio to qualify for a two-way deal.
Indiana’s roster is still made up of 20 players, so if the franchise wants to acquire a new piece, they’ll need to first give away or replace one of the players currently on the roster.