INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 27: Amida Brimah #37 of the Indiana Pacers poses for a portrait during media day on September 27, 2019 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images) can confirm Indiana Pacers have waived Brian Bowen II to make space for Ghana Center Amida Brimah on its roster.

The news was confirmed this weekend in the aftermath of Brimah inking a two way contract with the Pacers after spending two seasons at Indiana’s affiliate team in the NBA Gatorade League-Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Pacers Head Coach Bjorkgren

Bowen II was one of two players on a two way contract on the team making him eligible to compete in the NBA this season after playing in the Gatorade League which ended in early March.

That spot has been handed to Brimah whose 6 foot 10 inch frame is needed in a Pacers team that is hurting from a slew of injuries to its frontcourt.

Pacers Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren said of the signing to Forbes, “Right now, it’s a depth thing in the short term”.

Starters Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are out indefinitely with varied injuries and backup Center Goga Bitadze is dealing with an ankle injury.

Brimah Photo Courtesy: Fort Mad Ants

6 foot 7 inch players Oshae Brissett and JaKarr Sampson are filling the frontcourt positions in the mean time and the undersized Pacers need Brimah’s size, athleticism and shot blocking skills.

Amida averaged 2.6 blocks in 10 games in the Gatorade League and ranked second in the league in the category.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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