Larry Bird made it clear in his post-draft press conference that he would like to re-sign Lavoy Allen this offseason, and he was able to do just that this morning. The Indiana Pacers agreed to a new deal with Allen, and he will come back as a role player with Bird saying that he would like to see him get consistent playing time. There are no reports on what this move means for the future of Luis Scola and Chris Copeland in Indiana.
Allen was acquired by the Pacers in the same deal that brought Evan Turner to town for Danny Granger. He was the piece that not many people noticed was a part of the trade, but could end up being a very nice addition this year. There is no doubt that he is capable of playing a bench role in the NBA, and that likely will be seen this season.
Frank Vogel didn’t play Allen very much towards the end of last season, and Bird voiced his displeasure with that decision. He would like to see Allen get consistent minutes off the bench, and that could be made possible if Bird decides to get rid of either Scola or possibly Ian Mahinmi to clear out backup minutes for Allen.
All of that being said, this is a very solid move that will help the Pacers out in the long-run. Allen is a solid offensive player and also brings good rebounding to the table. Last season with the Pacers, he only played in 14 regular season games and averaged 4.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He’s just 25 years of age and has plenty of room to grow his game, and has been working hard this offseason.
Overall, he will likely see a lot more floor time than many people are expecting this season. This move is not meant to be just a depth signing, and Bird seriously believes that he will make an impact. That being said, it will all depend on what roster moves come next and how hard Allen has worked on his game this offseason.