View Full Version : The Star had it first... we found our #3 point guard (Eddie Gill)

07-27-2004, 03:36 AM

Pacers address point guard position with Gill
Signing of much-traveled player would leave team with 1 spot available; interest in Dampier remains.

The Indiana Pacers expect to sign point guard Eddie Gill to a two-year contract this week, filling a roster need.

"We've reached an agreement," Gill's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Monday, adding he expects a signed contract today or Wednesday.

Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said that while a contract has not been finalized, the team has "talked seriously" about signing Gill.

"Our coaches and (team president Larry Bird) like him a lot," Walsh said. "There could be something done there."

The 6-foot Gill, who turns 26 in August, is expected to receive $720,000 next season, the NBA minimum for his level of experience.

Gill would join returning starter Jamaal Tinsley and recently re-signed veteran Anthony Johnson. The Pacers have rescinded their offer to three-year veteran Jamison Brewer. Rashad Wright, a second-round draft pick this year, is not expected to receive a guaranteed contract and will have to make the team in training camp.


He is regarded as an athletic, defensive-minded point guard who is more of a playmaker than a scorer.

Once Gill is signed, the Pacers will have 14 players under contract for next season.

[That's not including Wright]

Walsh, meanwhile, shot down published reports out of the Philadelphia area that claimed the Pacers were discussing trading Austin Croshere to the 76ers for Derrick Coleman and Greg Buckner.

"I don't have any trades with Philadelphia," Walsh said.

[I thought Larry was running the front office? :devil:]

Dr Huxtable
07-27-2004, 05:10 AM
So what becomes of Wright?

07-27-2004, 06:34 AM
So what becomes of Wright?

We don't have to sign him! :eyebrow:

07-27-2004, 07:17 AM
well we could sign a 4th PG like last season, though 2 defensive minded PGs I dunno:confused:

Slick Pinkham
07-27-2004, 08:14 AM
I would have preferred Bob Sura, but who knows...

Is Eddie a flashy dresser? He might have to fill Brewer's role as the 15th guy, always wearing a suit and sitting behind the bench with some phantom injury.

07-27-2004, 08:34 AM
I heard E Gil had some real talent....does anyone know anything about him, like his abilities?

07-27-2004, 08:47 AM
some stuff on Eddie Gill:


07-27-2004, 08:53 AM
Ight, cool, thanks. :hippie:

Doug in CO
07-27-2004, 08:53 AM
Boo hoo - bye bye Brewer

I am very happy that we are finally getting rid of him - CBA here he comes

07-27-2004, 08:56 AM
Gill scored the 8,000,000th point in NBA history!

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07-27-2004, 08:57 AM
I pride myself on knowing about every player in the NBA. And I have heard of Eddie Gill, and I know he was traded to the Nets from Portland a few weeks ago, but I know nothing about his game.

But I would guess a 6'0" defensive specialist is a guy who can also push the ball up the court, a guy who can come in a change the tempo of the game.

07-27-2004, 09:07 AM
Well, this certainly makes it seem as though Rashad has little to no chance of signing here. :cry:

At least I've heard of this guy before. :thumbsup:

Slick Pinkham
07-27-2004, 09:13 AM
this is financially-driven.

Since the Nets waived him, he will only get the minimum from the Pacers. He won't make waves buried on the bench, because it beats the CBA, ABA, NBADL, and other outposts that have employed him in the past.

Consider it fitting the philosophy of finding a role player who will be happy with his very limited "in case of multiple injuries, please be ready" role.

Odd that PG-deprived NJ had no use for him. Can he really defend?

07-27-2004, 09:15 AM
I dont know, i just think this was pointless move. After reviewing his numbers and play int he summer league, he was no better than Wright and he played more minutes.

I just dotn understand the move when we already have 2 PGs in AJ and Tins that will get all the minutes, and if we needed a third PG, I would rather see Freddie get some time there than any of these other scrubs. I just think we are wasting a roster spot by making this move.

I would rather them sign Recker who can provide some outside shooting and be a third SG when Reggie retires. All in all i guess it doesnt matter as the 13-15th players wont see floor time unless its a blowout, but it just seems like a wasted pick up.

07-27-2004, 09:40 AM
thats my point though, we still have Freddie who would better at that spot than Gill or Wright.

07-27-2004, 10:01 AM
I like the signing of Eddie Gill. We have a solid point guard who has an inking on how to play in this league. He will probably not get much time, but after Brewer's failure its somewhat assuring to know that we have a competent point guard.

07-27-2004, 10:45 AM
I've seen him play a bit. Nothing flashy, but he's a good defender and knows how to pass the ball. In other words, exactly what we need as a 3rd point.

When I was saying we needed "someone like Omar Cook" a couple days ago, this is what I meant. But Gill's ALOT better than Cook.

For everyone who's complaining that we should have someone like Wright who can "learn and improve", all I have to say is, I DON'T WANT ANYMORE GOD-DAMNED ROOKIES!!!! :mad:

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, Wright was the LAST pick of the draft, and it certainly looks like he's more akin to Jacquay Walls than Fred Hoiberg. You can't hit a home run with everyone.

As for Sigg, I'm sorry to see him go, but he needs to go to a development league and get coached up. He's from down south, bet he'd like the NBDL. Is Tree Rollins still coaching down there? I still think Jamison's got a future, but it's not gonna be with us.

Regarding the #15th spot, I'd prefer leaving it open. Unless someone really impresses in training camp, we haven't seen anyone who's worth a guaranteed contract. If we get in trouble with two points getting hurt, we can always go the 10-day route. Other teams (good and bad) do it all the time, but we never do. Who knows, we could even bring Brewer back. :chuckle:

Now, I'm going to sit back and enjoy this mental slideshow I have in my head of Sigg's crazy outfits, his various postures on the bench, his reaction every time they played the "Sir I Gotta Go" song, including the time he told Ron Mercer the story, jumping Reggie after the big 3 against NJ, him zipping by everyone to get a rebound and tip-in, that winning, banked-in 3 he hit in his first summer-league game, etc., all set to "Memories". :cry: :p

07-27-2004, 10:46 AM
Yes! Love it.

Another guy I saw at the Portsmouth Invitational a few years back. Very athletic, and pretty quick from what I saw. Shades of Travis Best on D.

On offense, he's never been too much of a shooter/scorer, but he does his job as a PG well. Solid ballhandling skills, and he sort of blows air when he passes, because he passes really hard.... 0.02, he sees a man with good position, 0.04, the ball is in his hands.

The best comparison I can come up with off the top of my head is a more athletic Kevin Ollie. Nothing spectacular, but very solid.

07-27-2004, 10:50 AM
The best comparison I can come up with off the top of my head is a more athletic Kevin Ollie. Nothing spectacular, but very solid.

That's exactly what I was thinking. Younger, too.

07-27-2004, 01:23 PM
Well seems as a nice addition than I would say.

07-27-2004, 01:43 PM
I knew I'd seen Eddie somewhere:


Now I remember. I commented on him, and my sister said, "Hasn't he been around for a long time?" Me: "No, you're thinking of Kendall Gill."