Report: Pacers targeting Brooks, Forbes to replace Paul George
George is expected to miss the upcoming season after fracturing his right leg in a Team USA intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.
Brooks, 25, averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 35 games with the Celtics, Warriors and Lakers last season. He averaged 12.6 points in his rookie season with the Nets, who traded up to draft him at pick No. 25 in 2011, and 10.6 points over seven summer league games with Sacramento in July.
Forbes, 29, last played in the NBA in 2011-12, averaging 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds. He averaged 17.7 points in 11 games last season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League. Forbes also reportedly has drawn interest from the Grizzlies.
The Pacers already have the maximum 15 players under contract. If they sign Brooks, Forbes or another player, they would need to remove someone from their roster as currently constructed.
George, 24, averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Pacers last season. He earned All-Defensive team and All-NBA third team honors and made his second All-Star appearance. The Pacers went 56-26 and earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference before falling to Miami in the conference finals.
Free agent Gary Forbes has interest from the Grizzlies and Pacers as he mulls China deal to attempt NBA midseason, source tells RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2014
- Chris Johnson