Forward Lavoy Allen to return

Reserve's rebounding and versatility makes him a keeper.

The Indiana Pacers’ offseason makeover includes power forward Lavoy Allen.

The fifth-year pro has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the team for $12 million over three years, the latter season a team option, according to multiple Thursday reports. He can sign the contract July 9.

Allen, 26, was one of the league’s best rebounders as a reserve last season, his first full year with Indiana, when he averaged 5.1 boards per game. In 63 games as a reserve, he was particularly adept at creating second-chance opportunities with 123 of his 323 rebounds coming on the offensive glass. He averaged 5 points per game.

As the Pacers shift toward a more up-tempo style of play, they value bigs with versatility. Allen is physical enough to play either power forward or center.

Due to a roster in flux from a rash of injuries, Allen’s role fluctuated last season. He earned quality minutes early and performed well, prompting head coach Frank Vogel to say he had to continue to get Allen playing time.

But when the roster returned to better health, Allen didn’t play as much. He played double-digit minutes in 38 of the first 39 games, but that trend occurred in just eight of his final 24 games.

The Pacers evidently still see him playing a more significant role with forward David West opting out of his contract and center Roy Hibbert expected to be traded.

Allen was acquired in 2014 as part of a deal that sent Danny Granger to Philadelphia. He signed a one-year deal for last season.

He’s played in 248 career games, including 54 starts, with averages of 5 points and 4.8 rebounds in four seasons.

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