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Pacers Sign Rookie Foster


Jeff Foster, a first-round draft pick acquired in a trade from the Golden State Warriors, signed with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

Terms of the agreement were dictated largely by the collective bargaining agreement and weren't disclosed by the team.

Foster, a 6-foot-11, 232-pound forward-center from Southwest Texas, was the 21st player picked in last month's draft. He was traded to Indiana for Vonteego Cummings, the No. 26 overall pick by the Pacers, and a future first-round choice.

"I'm excited to have this done, especially because it allows me to participate in the upcoming rookie-free agent camp," said Foster, who averaged 14.2 points per game as a senior and was third in the nation in rebounding at 11.3 per game.

Camp is scheduled July 23-25 and the Pacers then head to Boston for a summer league hosted by the Boston Celtics July 26-Aug. 1.

Foster will likely have a chance for playing time early. The Pacers dealt six-year veteran Antonio Davis to Toronto last month. However, because of salary cap restrictions, the trade can't officially be announced until Aug. 1, when next season's cap is calculated. In exchange for Davis, the Pacers will obtain Jonathan Bender, a 6-11 prep center from Picayune, Miss.. He was the fifth overall pick in the draft.

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