McConnell agreed Monday to a four-year, $35 million contract with the Pacers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. McConnell is coming off the best year of his career, and the 29-year-old is being rewarded with a long-term contract. In 26.0 minutes per game, he averaged 8.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting an impressive 55.9 percent from the field. He should continue mostly seeing backup minutes, but he's proven to be a great failsafe for when the Pacers' starting backcourt is injured.
McConnell accumulated 12 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 17 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes during Sunday's 125-113 win over the Raptors. The 29-year-old has been hovering around top-50 fantasy value over the last couple of weeks, averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals while shooting 58.6 percent from the field over his last nine games. McConnell averaged career highs in points (8.6), rebounds (3.7), assists (6.7) and steals (1.9) through 69 games in his sixth NBA season. He'll look to roll his stellar regular-season play into Tuesday's play-in tournament game.
McConnell will come off the bench Saturday against the Lakers, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports. Caris LeVert (knee) is back in the starting five, so McConnell will come off the bench. He could still have a big role, however, as the Pacers remain shorthanded.
McConnell (thumb) returned to Thursday's 142-133 loss to Milwaukee and tallied 23 points (10-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and three steals across 45 minutes. Tony East of the West Indianapolis Community News reports that McConnell had X-rays taken on his hand during the game, which revealed no structural damage. He had been considered questionable to return after suffering a thumb injury in the first half, but it clearly wasn't a big concern considering his heavy minutes. The 23 points marked a season high for the normally defensive-minded guard as he took advantage of his team's severely depleted backcourt to post big numbers in big minutes.
McConnell (thumb) is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Bucks. McConnell suffered the thumb injury in the first half after starting and playing 21 minutes. He went for 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal prior to the injury.
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