NBA Roundtable

Pacers Sign Luther Head

In Free Agency on September 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Conrad Brunner reports

Just such a player was snagged today when the Pacers signed free agent Luther Head, a combo guard who spent most of his first four seasons with Houston.

“Luther is a guy we have had our eye on,” Bird said in a statement released by the team. “He can shoot, he has speed and quickness and he will fit in well in our up-tempo game. I think he’s going to be a good addition to our basketball team.”

Bruno continues on the roster size and wonders what type of role Head may fill for in the Pacers clogged perimeter rotation:

Head’s signing brings the roster to 15 players but it remains to be seen how his role will evolve.

A three-position player (both guard spots and small forward), Head joins a team that has four point guards (TJ Ford, Earl Watson, Travis Diener and AJ Price) and four wings (Danny Granger, Dahntay Jones, Brandon Rush and eventually Mike Dunleavy when the latter completes his rehab).

Rockets director of player personnel Gerrson Rosas adds + quick recap on Head’s previous good work in the NBA:

“He is a talent. He is a special shooter. He needs an opportunity to play. He wasn’t going to get many opportunities with our current rotation and with our current roster. We wanted to do the right thing for the kid to catch on with a team and maybe even play in the playoffs this year.”

Head averaged 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 255 games with Houston, including 58 starts. His best season was 2006-07 when he averaged a career-high 10.9 points and shot .441 from the 3-point line, fourth in the NBA that season and third best in Rockets’ history.


Surprising to see the Pacers go after a combo guard like Luther Head when they already have 3-4 point guards on their roster. There doesn’t seem to be much of an opportunity there for him. Ergo, it looks likely that the Pacers are bringing in Head to provide some depth at the two guard spot behind Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush.

If Indiana wanted more depth on the wing, I would have preferred to have seen them sign an out-and-out wing. There’s talents out there — like Keith Bogans and Ime Udoka — who are superior players to Head, and would have added a lot more to the Pacers roster.

This signing feels like a move for the sakes of making a move … rather than one with a specific goal in mind.

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