T.J. McConnell: 2 years, $7 million (Indiana Pacers)
All hail the Indiana Pacers, the team with three T.J.s! While T.J. McConnell is a distant third behind T.J. Warren and T.J. Leaf in terms of importance, he’s a decent addition to shore up the guard depth with Darren Collison retiring and Cory Joseph on the way out. Between Malcolm Brogdon, Aaron Holiday and now McConnell, the point guard rotation is set.
While signing McConnell for more than the veteran minimum is surprising, he was a fan favorite with the Philadelphia 76ers for his blue-collar work ethic, gritty defense and hustle plays all over the court. Those traits will fit right in with the Indianapolis fanbase.
Though his minutes have fluctuated slightly over his four years in the league, McConnell’s production has stayed consistent, hovering around 6.0 points and 4-5 assists a night. He’s not a reliable shooter, and he shouldn’t be part of the rotation come playoff time, but this isn’t a bad signing on the fringe of the roster. It’s just a bit of an overextension when it comes to the amount.