Sources: Pacers, Smith agree on 2 years, $9.6M

by Gordon Dixon - The Pacers, who acquired Jalen Smith at the trade deadline last season, agree to a two-year deal with the former top-10 pick, sources told ESPN.

Sources: Indiana Pacers agree to 2-year, $9.6M deal with free-agent center Jalen Smith 8:23 PM ET ESPN Free-agent center Jalen Smith has agreed to a two-year, $9.6 million deal to return to the Indiana Pacers , sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. A former top-10 pick in the 2020 NBA draft by the Suns, Smith's career in Phoenix ended after just one full season as he was traded to the Pacers in a trade deadline deal for Torrey Craig . Editor's Picks Sources: Celtics get Brogdon in trade with Pacers 2h Tim Bontemps The Suns decided not to pick up Smith's team option of $4.7 million for 2022-23 after the young forward's rookie season, which made him a free agent this summer. It was a shocking move; rarely will a team give up control of a top pick that early in his career. Smith, 22, blossomed with more playing time in Indiana, averaging 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1 block while shooting 53% from the field and 37.3% from 3 in 22 games. The Pacers, who agreed to trade guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics earlier Friday, have spent the past several months realigning their roster around a young core that now includes Smith, Tyrese Haliburton and 2022 first-round pick Bennedict Mathurin .