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Pacers sign first-round pick Goga Bitadze

Goga Bitadze has officially (and finally) signed his rookie contract with the Indiana Pacers, the team announced on Monday.

As of yesterday, the Georgian big man and Orlando’s Chuma Okeke were the only remaining unsigned first-round picks. Delayed while awaiting visa approval, Bitadze was also unable to participate at Summer League in Las Vegas, but Kevin Pritchard expressed confidence on draft night that the 19-year-old’s overseas professional experience will translate to NBA-readiness.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt he can play next year,” Pritchard said.