Newest Indiana Pacer Cory Joseph talks about his opportunities here in Indy.
INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Pritchard wasn’t afraid to reveal how he felt about the Indiana Pacers acquiring Cory Joseph in a trade. The Pacers president said he didn’t care how or why he was able to engage in talks with the Toronto Raptors about Joseph — or the perception about how the trade came together.
Pritchard was just happy Joseph arrived at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday afternoon to be introduced as the newest Pacer.
“You want to have cap space, not because you can go out and sign a player, but because you have opportunities to take players that you’ve liked in the past,” Pritchard said in explaining the trade for Joseph, which become official Friday. “For us, it’s a perfect fit because he fits us culturally and his age is exactly what we’re looking for.”
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Joseph, a 25-year-old point guard, is eager to play for the Pacers after he learned the teams were discussing a trade in early July. Joseph mentioned many of his new teammates — Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson — whom Pritchard has put together to be the core of the Pacers’ rebirth after he traded away Paul George.
The Pacers are capable of presenting Joseph an opportunity he has yet to have in his six-year career.
Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard talks about Cory Joseph
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