Pacers trade Edmond Sumner, freeing up salary cap space, sign Brad Wanamaker
The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have traded wing Edmond Sumner and a conditional second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Juan Pablo Vaulet. Brooklyn will waive Sumner, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pacers are, effectively, trading a second-round pick — which they received from Miami, according to Wojnarowski — in order to free up $2.3 million under the salary cap. It gives the Pacers approximately $3 million under the luxury tax threshold.
Edmond Sumner sidelined by another injury
Sumner tore his Achilles before training camp and will miss the season.
“It’s unfortunate because I think Ed was really on the up and up," Pacers center Myles Turner said after the Knicks game. "He was ascending. He had a great summer. I thought he was going to have a breakout year this year. It’s not like his career’s over. I think it’s one of those things he’s going to have to work, he’s going to have to rehab, and get himself to where he needs to be.
“His upside his high. The way he works at the game, the way he commits himself, he’s going to land right back on his feet. We’re all right there with him. It’s an unfortunate part of the business. I think he’ll be just fine.”
Pacers add Brad Wanamaker, Juan Pablo Vaulet
Vaulet was a second-round pick by the Hornets in 2015 and has not played in the NBA.
The Pacers have also signed free agent guard Brad Wanamaker to a training camp deal. He will compete for the third point guard spot. He's averaged 5.7 points and 2.4 assists in a three-year NBA career with Boston, Golden State and Charlotte.
ESPN's Bobby Marks reported the Pacers will receive a $2.4 million trade exception as part of the deal, adding to their $7.4 million, $4.8 million and $4 million trade exceptions.
According to nba.com, a trade exception can be used to trade for a player, or multiple players, with salaries adding up to the amount without adding to their salary cap and luxury tax liabilities. The Pacers can't add their trade exceptions together to acquire a player.
Sumner played a career-high 16.2 minutes per game last season, notching career-bests in scoring (7.5 points per game), rebounds (1.8), field goal percentage (.525) and 3-point percentage (.398).
Sumner was particularly effective in April, recording back-to-back 20-point performances against the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic.
The torn Achilles is the latest in a series of injuries suffered by Sumner throughout his career. At Xavier, Sumner played through tendinitis, a concussion and lingering shoulder issues before a torn ACL ended his junior season after 21 games.
After spending most of his first two seasons as a pro in the G League, Sumner started the first three games of the 2019-20 season before a non-displaced fracture of the right third metacarpal forced him out for a month. Sumner has never played a full season in the NBA.
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