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  • File photo Alex Poythress of the Mad Ants is clipped on the arm by Keith Wright of Westchester last season at Memorial Coliseum.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:40 pm

Poythress could rejoin Mad Ants via Pacers

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Alex Poythress, who starred last season as a rookie with the Mad Ants, could be back this season.

The Indiana Pacers, who own and operate the Mad Ants, signed Poythress to a two-way contract that will enable them to send him to the Gatorade League.

Poythress, 6-foot-7, 238 pounds, averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games as a rookie out of Kentucky. He was an all-star and selected to participate in the dunk contest.

The Mad Ants, who lost in the first round of the playoffs to Maine, lost Poythress late last season to his first NBA contract, with the Philadelphia 76ers. In six games, he averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds with the 76ers.

This won’t be Poythress’ first stint with the Pacers; he was in training camp with them in 2016 before coming to Fort Wayne as an affiliate player.

So far, it looks as if the Mad Ants have two players headed their way from the Pacers, who also signed 6-8 Ben Moore, a rookie out of SMU.