Former Ohio State star Duane Washington waived by Indianapolis Pacers

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Duan Washington is looking for a new NBA team. According to ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the former Ohio State guard was waived by the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. This movement, according to Wojnarowski, is made to create ceiling space and stretch contracts of Malik Fitt, Juwan Morgan and Nik Stauskas who arrived in a trade earlier this month, after accepting an offer sheet with a restricted free agent Deandre Ayton.

After a surprise rookie season where Washington played 48 games and made seven starts, the Pacers signed the former Buckeye star to a multi-year deal in April. However, it seems the chance to sign a former No. 1 pick in Ayton was too good for Indianapolis to pass up.

Washington was not selected in the 2021 NBA draft and started last season in the G League with the Mad Ants. In the first 11 games of the year, Washington averaged 19.5 points over 37.6% from the court and 31.2% from three-point range. He also averaged 4.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds while playing 32.3 minutes per game.

Like many teams around the NBA’s midseason, the Pacers dealt with injuries and COVID protocols, giving Washington its chance. The guard made his NBA debut in early October when he came off the bench for six minutes and scored two points. Washington’s time with Indianapolis was initially erratic before playing 30 minutes against the Chicago Bulls on New Year’s Eve. From there, Washington began to be a regular contributor to the Pacers.

For his rookie season, 9.9 points per game on 40% shooting from the field and 37.7% from three-point range. He played 20.2 minutes per game, collecting 1.7 rebounds and providing 1.8 assists per game. Washington’s rookie year included the setting a Pacers rookie record making seven three-pointers in a game at the end of January. Washington scored in double figures 26 times during the year and had 20 or more points in four games.

Coming to Ohio State outside of Michigan, Washington’s career with the Buckeyes got off to a slow start before taking off by his junior season. The guard has worked his way into a bigger role eEvery year in Columbus before becoming the top scorer Chris HoltmanThe 2020-21 team that qualified for the Big Ten Tournament title game and was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Washington finished his Scarlet and Gray career with 1,073 runs scored. While at Columbus, Washington made 185 three-point attempts, which ranks fourth all-time in Ohio State history, and had a three-pointer in 34 straight games, including each game his last season. In his senior year, Washington set a Big Ten tournament record with 92 points in four games, including his career-best 32-point performance against Illinois in the championship game.

The guard will now be available without waivers to any interested team and will become a free agent if unclaimed.

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