New Indiana Pacers guard Toney Douglas is a long-shot to make the regular season roster, but he has at least one important member of the Pacers' front office in his corner.
Donnie Walsh, a consultant for the Pacers, gave up a second-round pick and $3 million to acquire Douglas on draft night in 2009 as the then-New York Knicks general manager.
Walsh believes in Douglas' ability as an unconventional point guard and lockdown defender, and claims Douglas wasn't able to fully showcase his skill-set in New York because of then-head coach Mike D'Antoni's offensive inclinations.
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"Toney's good enough to be on a team and it could work out that he fits here," Walsh told Pacers.com. "He's a good guy; really good guy."
"I love Donnie," Douglas said. "He's always been a great guy. I loved him when I was in New York. Him being here is a great situation. I trust him. He's not going to lie to you. He's going to keep it real and tell you what you need to do."
Douglas will have a difficult time cracking the Pacers' roster. The team already has 15 players under contract, including four -- George Hill, Monta Ellis, Rodney Stuckey and Joseph Young -- with the ability to play point guard. Unless the Pacers make a trade, Douglas will probably be cut in training camp in October.
(H/t Indiana Pacers.)