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Pacers sign Alex Poythress to free-agent deal

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Kentucky men’s basketball forward Alex Poythress has signed a free-agent deal with the Indiana Pacers, the team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Poythress will try to earn his way on to the 15-man Indiana roster when training camp opens in late September.

Poythress is the fourth Wildcat from the 2015-16 team to reach the NBA, joining fellow Wildcats Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings) and Tyler Ulis (Phoenix Suns), who were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Alex Poythress ready for grind to make NBA

Alex Poythress with campers Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Alex Poythress with campers Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress with campers Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Even though he was undrafted, former Kentucky Wildcat Alex Poythress said Monday that a “couple of teams” have called about inviting him to NBA training camps.

“I’m not sure I can say which teams because I haven’t signed nothing yet, but things are looking optimistic, so that’s good,” Poythress said during a break from a camp at UK he was at along with former teammates Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray.

He said playing with the Orlando Magic’s summer league team went well and gave him an opportunity to showcase his talent.

Poythress Set to Play for Orlando Magic Blue Squad in Summer League

Alex Poythress (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Alex Poythress (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball player Alex Poythress will play with the Orlando Magic Blue squad in the annual summer league in Orlando, the team announced on Tuesday.

Poythress is one of six collegiate players to join the Magic’s blue squad for the one-week, 25-game schedule in Orlando. The games will begin Saturday.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native is hoping to impress either Orlando or other squads in obtaining a free agent contract like Aaron Harrison achieved with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015.

Guest post: Poythress looks like mid-second round pick

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Vaught’s note: Jessica Jones doesn’t pretend to be a basketball expert, but she is a die-hard Kentucky fan who certainly knows her basketball. She’s a vaughtsviews.com contributor and done her homework to provide her insights on the upcoming NBA Draft. This is part one of a four-part series on UK players hoping to be drafted June 23.

By JESSICA JONES

Kentucky has four young men who have potential to be drafted in the 2016 NBA draft: Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis, and Alex Poythress. All four have been participating in pre-draft workouts. John Calipari thinks the three early entrants will all be lottery picks. Here’s a look at how they may fair in this month’s draft:

Ulis, Murray, Poythress, Labissiere will be part of John Calipari UK Pro Camp Aug. 1-2

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Wildcats and current professionals Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis will be the featured pros at the 2016 John Calipari UK Pro Camp, which will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex on the University of Kentucky campus. Various other UK pros could be added in the future.

This summer’s John Calipari UK Pro Camp will be split into two separate sessions, all of which will be held at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex. The sessions will be split into morning and afternoon groups with varying pros from Kentucky’s 2016 NBA Draft class in attendance.

Poythress, Lee, Briscoe all NBA combine alternates

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)
Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Really it should be no surprise that Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe are alternates for the NBA combine.

That doesn’t mean they could not be draft choices, but it makes it a lot more unlikely if they were not one of the players invited to the combine.

Poythress can still work out for teams and take his chances as a free agent — which might be better because then he can pick his team.

Poythress will sign autographs before Legends opening game tonight

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)
Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

The Lexington Legends will open their 16th season of baseball Thursday night April 7 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.  The Legends, class A affiliate of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will take on the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. (an hour earlier than for most 7:05 p.m.  games).  Former University of Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will sign autographs beginning as soon as the gates open until about 6:30 p.m.   He will throw a ceremonial first pitch at about 6:45 p.m.

RunTheBluegrass, Kyle Wiltjer part of a perfect Saturday

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)
Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Kyle Wiltjer with Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some days are  just fun and Saturday was one of those days.

It started with the RunTheBluegrass at Keeneland. I knew I was not ready for the half-marathon (13.1) miles on that hilly course, but I thought I could do the 7-mile run when my friend Staci Garlough asked me about running.

Poythress to throw out first pitch at April 7 for Legends

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will throw a ceremonial first pitch at the Lexington Legends opening-night game Thursday, April 7 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

“We’re really excited to have Alex with us on opening night,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea, “and we know the fans will be excited to see him take the mound.”

The game between the Legends and the Lakewood BlueClaws will begin at 7:05 p.m.    Gates will open at 5 p.m., and an autograph session with Poythress will begin as soon as gates are open.

Poythress, Briscoe, Labissiere postgame comments

Q. Alex, how much of the game plan was just to double-team Jameel right from the start and not let him do anything and force someone else to beat you?
ALEX POYTHRESS: One of the best players, so we was trying to make it hard on him right from the jump, make other players make plays and just try to play sound defense from that.

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