Pacers guard Cory Joseph exercises option for 2018-19 season

Guard Cory Joseph will return to the Indiana Pacers, exercising the $7.95 million player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN.

Joseph, 26, was an important part of the Pacers' renaissance season, averaging 7.9 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 82 games.

Joseph has played 76 career playoff games in his seven NBA seasons with San Antonio, Toronto and Indiana.

Joseph signed a four-year, $30 million deal with Toronto in 2015, and he was traded to the Pacers in the offseason. Joseph, who won a title with the Spurs in 2014, was the 29th overall pick in 2011 out of Texas.