Edmond Sumner

TO THE HOOP: Indiana guard Edmond Sumner shoots next to Los Angeles Clippers' Johnathan Motley during the second half of the Pacers' 116-92 win Thursday in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Pacers have officially converted Edmond Sumner's two-way contract into an NBA deal. The official terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed but The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that it is a two-year deal with the final year being a team-option.

The Pacers made this transaction because they need depth at the shooting guard spot with Victor Oladipo sidelined for the remainder of the season. There were a few contributing factors that likely motivated the team into converting Sumner's deal.

Sumner would have been ineligible to play in the playoffs had he remained on a two-way contract with a G-League team. There is also a 45-day limit that players on these deals are allotted to be with the parent club.

Sumner began the season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and found great success within that opportunity. He played 17 games with the team and averaged an impressive 23.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

During his time with the Pacers this season, Sumner has played in 17 games with two of those being starts. While he has averaged merely 9.8 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists, he has shown to be an impactful defender and an unselfish offensive player.

Grant Afseth is the Tribune’s Pacers columnist. He may be reached at grantafseth@indianasportscoverage.com.

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