Pacers sign Hunter, hire Davis, Perry
The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday the signing of free agent guard Jimmie “Snap” Hunter, while also announcing the signings of Johnny Davis and Leonard Perry as assistant coaches. Per club policy, terms of the agreements were not released.
Hunter, a 6-4, 180-pound guard, played last season with the Gary Steelheads of the CBA, where he averaged a league-leading 27.6 points per game. His 1,214 points set a Steelheads’ single-season record. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds per game, 5.4 assists per game, led the Steelheads with 83 steals, shot nearly 40 percent (.396) from 3-point range. He was named the CBA’s Player of the Week three times. In March 2006, he signed with Etosa Alicante of the Spanish ACB, where he averaged 15.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 12 games.
Davis is a former Pacers player who was with the team from 1978-1982 and brings years of coaching experience to the bench. He has been a head coach with two teams (Philadelphia and Orlando) while serving as an assistant coach with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, New Jersey, Orlando and Minnesota. Davis, after playing collegiately at Dayton, was a second-round pick of Portland in the 1976 NBA Draft and was an integral part of the Blazers’ 1977 World Championship team. He also played for Atlanta and Cleveland with career averages of 12.9 points per game and 4.5 assists per game.
Perry will be joining an NBA team for the first time after being in college coaching since 1994 when he graduated from the University of Idaho. He served as an assistant coach at Utah State from 1994 to 1998; was associate head coach at Iowa State from 1998 to 2000 and spent the last five seasons as the head coach at the University of Idaho.
InsideHoops.com Editor Says: I haven't heard if Jimmie Hunter got a guaranteed contract or not, but regardless, he'll receive very limited minutes. Johnny Davis is a fine addition to the coaching staff.