Poythress spent much of last season with the Pacers on a two-way deal before getting upgraded to a standard contract for the final few months of the season. The 24-year-old ended up seeing action in 25 games at the big league level, but averaged just 4.2 minutes. Considering Poythress is once again on a two-way deal, he'll only be able to spend up to 45 days with the Hawks, so look for the bulk of his 2018-19 campaign to be with the team's G-League affiliate.
Poythress delivered 14 points (5-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one steal and one block across 17 minutes during the Pacers' 116-79 win over the Nets in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Friday.
Poythress continues to try and make enough of an impression to at least earn a training camp invite from the Pacers after having been waived on July 6. The 24-year-old was impressive as an undrafted rookie for the Sixers in a brief six-game stint during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 10.7 points (on 46.3 percent shooting) and 4.8 rebounds across 26.2 minutes. However, he saw just 4.2 minutes over 25 games with Indiana last season, although he's been solid throughout summer league play.
The transaction will clear a spot on the Indiana roster for Kyle O'Quinn, who agreed to a one-year contract with the Pacers earlier Friday. Though he's no longer on the books for Indiana, Poythress still appears set to compete for the team's Las Vegas Summer League entry with the hopes of eventually earning a new contract with the Pacers or another club prior to training camp.
Poythress was recalled from the G-League on Wednesday.
Poythress has played in seven games with the Mad Ants this season and is coming off a performance Tuesday where he posted 20 points (6-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-10 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks across 37 minutes. Following that strong showing, he'll be recalled to the Pacers, and should provide some emergency depth in the frontcourt with Domantas Sabonis (ankle) out and Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable for Thursday's game against the Raptors.
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