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Pacers nab Kramer for rookie camp, summer league

At least now Chris Kramer knows what the immediate future holds.

On Monday, the Pacers invited Kramer to their rookie/free agent camp and then to play for them in the summer league in Orlando.

Kramer heard the news after he'd reached Milwaukee -- where he'd headed Monday after being invited by the Bucks to work out with them for the week.

Kramer said it's been "kind of stressful" since last week's NBA draft. He's been texting his agent, Buddy Baker, and his assistant, Aaron Smith, daily to explore other options if the NBA doesn't work out. Then the opportunity with the Pacers opened up, and Baker and Smith notified Kramer.

"I am extremely excited to get this opportunity and hopefully I can go in there and play well and make the most of it," Kramer said.

Kramer said he didn't think any other franchises expressed interest in having him play in the Orlando league because "it took so long for it to happen."

"It just comes down to kind of getting lucky, I guess, just finding that right person to take a chance on you," he said.

Kramer will report to Indianapolis on Wednesday evening and participate in the camp from Thursday-Sunday. The group will leave Sunday for Orlando, and that league begins play Monday.

Kramer doesn't know if he will be invited to play on a team for the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts July 9.

But the last month has been interesting, to say the least.

"It's so stressful," he said. "I think it's like going through the recruiting process times about 100, just not knowing really what is coming next. The way I look at it is the only thing you can do is be prepared. If the ball goes in, that's awesome. But the ball's not always going to go in, so you've got to go in there and control the things you can control and show maximum effort and hope everything goes well. If it doesn't and you felt like you prepared yourself and you were ready to go that day and you just didn't play well, what can you do? That's basketball. you've just got to control the things you can control and just hope for the best."

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