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Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (58) / 12/7/1956
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220

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The Pacers have officially purchased the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants, who hosted players from 12 different NBA teams last year.
The Pacers control the basketball operations of the Mad Ants, who are based only two hours away from Indianapolis. Every D-League team now has a single-affiliation model, leaving the remaining 11 NBA teams with the 'flexible assignment system' -- they can 'assign' players to the D-League, within limits, and if no team accepts those players they will be randomly assigned. It's a substantial player-development advantage to be singly-affiliated with the D-League, so don't be surprised if more teams crop up in the coming years. Sep 10 - 12:24 AM

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The Pacers are expected to announce on Wednesday that they will be purchasing the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League, according to sources.

Upon purchasing the D-League team, the Pacers will have a single-affiliate relationship with Fort Wayne, and will be able to use the squad as a kind of training ground for unproven players.
Sep 9 - 10:00 AM

Larry Bird wants the Pacers' offense to score "about six to eight more points per game" by playing at a faster pace.

Bird has bluntly stated that he wants to speed things up and his roster moves have backed up his speech -- traditional big man Roy Hibbert was traded to the Lakers, David West opted to sign for less with the Spurs, and Indiana's marquee move in free agency was signing Monta Ellis. They have a rebuilt frontcourt featuring Jordan Hill and rookie Myles Turner, and Bird has said repeatedly that Paul George will play substantial minutes at PF. A faster pace can only be a good thing for the Pacers' fantasy values, including guys like George Hill, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
Source: You Tube
Aug 2 - 6:42 PM

The Indiana Pacers are expected to purchase the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.

The Mad Ants are the league's lone independent affiliate, but that will no longer be the case with this news. The deal was supposed to be announced last week, but the details are still being finalized.
Aug 1 - 11:46 AM

According to Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard, Indiana is not afraid to trade the No. 11 pick in the draft if the right offer comes along.

Pritchard added that he has already received legitimate offers for the pick, and said that the trade talk will start to ramp up today. If the Pacers do end up keeping their pick, Pritchard said that he will take the best player available and that it's also possible that the player they pick will be a rotational player next season.
Jun 24 - 10:14 AM

Following a series of insensitive tweets from Paul George regarding Ray Rice, Pacers president Larry Bird called George's since-deleted tweets "thoughtless."

While George has tweeted an apology, Bird issued a statement Thursday morning, "Paul George's tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society," Bird said. "We have talked to Paul to strongly express our displeasure and made it clear that the NBA and the Pacers' organization will not condone or tolerate remarks of this nature." The NBA is reportedly looking into George's tweets, so there may be some form of punishment either from the league or from the Pacers to follow.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Larry Bird has signed a multiyear contract to return to the Pacers as team president.

Bird will return to the team after taking a year away from basketball. Larry Legend previously interviewed for a position with the Kings but eventually withdrew his name from contention. Current team president, Donnie Walsh, will remain with the organization as a consultant while current GM Kevin Pritchard will stay in that role.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 04:25:00 PM

Pacers owner Herb Simon says he expects a decision from Larry Bird on whether he'll return to the organization "shortly."

Simon added he expects a resolution at some point next week. Bird took last season off and then briefly flirted with the Kings' GM position earlier in June before withdrawing his name from consideration. Donnie Walsh, who replaced Bird as team president, has said he plans to step aside as soon as Bird returns, which Walsh believes will happen at some point this summer. Walsh expects to run the Pacers' draft, but it sounds like Larry Legend could be back in the fold after that.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 03:41:00 PM

Larry Bird has informed the Kings that he's no longer interested in Sacramento's vacant GM position.

Bird may ultimately take another year away from the NBA, though he has a standing offer to return as the Pacers' top executive. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has plenty of fallback options, as he's already interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Chris Mullin, Chris Wallace, David Morway, Travis Schlenk, and others.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1George Hill
2Rodney Stuckey
3Toney Douglas
SG1Monta Ellis
2Joseph Young
SF1C.J. Miles
2Chase Budinger
3Solomon Hill
4Glenn Robinson III
PF1Paul George
2Lavoy Allen
3Jordan Hill
4Rakeem Christmas
5Kadeem Jack
C1Ian Mahinmi
2Myles Turner
3Shayne Whittington