Free agent Allen still practicing with Pacers
Center Lavoy Allen became an NBA free agent at midnight Tuesday, yet he took part in the Pacers rookie/free agent camp later in the day at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After the first workout, I asked Allen about his status with the Pacers going forward.
"I’m not really sure,” said Allen. “I don't know. I'm not the guy to ask. Anything about basketball on the court, I'm the guy to ask. But anything off the court, don't ask me. Call my agent. I'll give you the number.”
So does Allen still consider himself a Pacer for now? Will he play on the Pacers summer league team in Orlando starting Saturday?
“These are tough questions,” Allen told me with a laugh. “You're not allowed to ask me anymore questions. That was your last one."
An email to Allen’s agent Andy Miller at ASM Sports seeking clarification did not receive an immediate reply.
Allen and Evan Turner joined the Pacers in a late February trade that sent Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers. Allen played in just 14 games, averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds.
"I knew coming in there would not be many opportunities," said Allen. "When we first got traded, they were the No. 1 team. If it's not broke, why fix it? But I stayed ready. That's what you've got to do as a professional."
Now Allen is acting like a professional while his career future is uncertain.
"They wanted me to come in and learn the system if I possibly come back," Allen said. "I know the guys in the front office really like me, so I made the decision to come to camp."
Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke is leading the Pacers summer league team. Burke is not sure if Allen will play in the summer league or even finish rookie/free agent camp.
"He's got a couple of things on his plate, being that he's a free agent and he's getting married," Burke said. "We wanted to make sure we got him in here to coach him a little bit. We'll play it practice to practice with him."
Allen started 37 games for the 76ers in the 2012-13 season. He hopes he can find a bigger role with the Pacers if he signs a new contract in Indiana.
"I think training camp would be a chance to fight for a position in the rotation," said Allen.