Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pacers have declined the $4 million team option on Lavoy Allen.

It's not surprising as the Pacers get ready to rebuild. Allen showed he could play both big spots for the Pacers, but most teams may not want the 6'9" Allen as a backup big for next season. He's still likely to get some interest at age 28.
Source: ASM Sports
Jun 23 - 6:03 PM

The Pacers acquired the No. 52 pick in the draft from the Pelicans and selected Xavier guard Edmond Sumner.

An ACL tear ended his sophomore season at Xavier and he also had some knee tendinitis in his freshman campaign, but Sumner still opted to come out. Plus, he was also dealing with a shoulder injury last year, so clearly the injury red flag is flying high here. Sumner did play very well last year, averaging 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.1 minutes. If the Pacers don't bring back Jeff Teague, maybe Sumber can earn some minutes with Indiana rebuilding.
Jun 23 - 12:03 AM

The Pacers selected Ike Anigbogu with the 47th pick in the draft.

This UCLA product is basically a California condor with his 7’6" wingspan on his 6’10" frame. Despite playing in just 13.0 minutes per game last year, Anigbogu blocked 1.2 shots with 4.0 boards. The 18-year-old Bruin was assisted on the vast majority of his shots and did make just 53.5 percent from the line, so he’ll need some plenty of seasoning on the offensive end. The Pacers will have to embrace a rebuild with Paul George on the way out, so maybe Anigbogu can carve out a small role behind Myles Turner.
Jun 22 - 11:50 PM

Pacers selected UCLA F T.J. Leaf with the No. 18 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Leaf turned in a very efficient season at UCLA, scoring 16.3 points per game on a tidy 66.0 true shooting percentage. Leaf found success by capitalizing on bad matchups while he struggled a bit against other power conference teams, so there is some concern on how his game will translate at the next level. In theory, Leaf could be a long-term fit alongside Myles Turner, but there's much to be seen before we speak that into existence. "He adds versatility to our roster," head coach Nate McMillan said. "A very positive, very confident kid."
Jun 22 - 9:33 PM

Talks between the Celtics and Pacers about Paul George have "stalled," according to The Vertical.

Celtics writer Gary Washburn previously confirmed talks between the teams, but noted that the " sides are not close." It's unclear what the sticking point is, but Boston has been reluctant in the past to part with any of their first-round picks from the Nets. The deal isn't dead, but this is a far cry from the "serious talks" and "significant momentum" reported an hour ago.
Jun 22 - 9:10 PM

The Pacers and Celtics are "engaged in serious talks" about a Paul George trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but they are "still apart."

Here we go. Boston has a heap of young talent and draft picks they can use to lure George away from the Pacers, but keep in mind this isn't a done deal -- it had "gained significant momentum," but may have since cooled off. George isn't expected to promise that he'll re-sign with a new team, given his interest in signing with L.A. next summer, so there's obvious risk involved. Stay tuned, as we should know more very soon.
Jun 22 - 7:56 PM

The Rockets "remain in trade pursuit" of Paul George, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Based on the earlier report of the Blazers not having enough ammo, it'll be really tough for the Rockets to get a deal together for George. Unless the Rockets can pull some strings to get other deals going, this seems like it'll be tough to get done for general manager Daryl Morey.
Jun 22 - 6:41 PM

The Blazers' recent offer for Paul George "doesn't move the needle" for the Pacers, according to Jason Quick of CSNNW.

This isn't too surprising because the Pacers are looking for a high pick. While the Blazers do have three first-round picks, their earliest pick is only at 15. If you exclude C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, there just isn't enough to entice the Pacers to match some of the other offers from the teams with lottery picks.
Jun 22 - 4:20 PM

The Wolves continue to show interest in landing Paul George or Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

While the world shifts its focus to Kristaps Porzingis, don't forget about these two All-Star wings. The Wolves seem like they're very willing to deal their No. 7 pick for a wing of some kind. George is by far the most likely All-Star to be traded and there is a picture floating around on the web of a moving van in front of his house.
Jun 22 - 3:17 PM

ESPN's Marc Stein said that the Cavaliers remain "seriously interested" in Paul George and Jimmy Butler.

Butler is hoping to stay in Chicago and George told the Pacers he's leaving as a free agent next summer, so George is likely more attainable. The Cavaliers probably don't have the assets to make a George deal work, so a third team would have to be involved. Meanwhile, the Lakers have reportedly offered the 27th and 28th overall picks and Indiana's choice of either Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson, so it sounds like a George trade could go down this week.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 8:43 PM

The Lakers and Pacers have reportedly engaged in preliminary talks regarding a Paul George deal.

Reports around the league indicate that the Lakers are unwilling to part ways with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft for PG-13, but they are reportedly willing to offer a package that would include the likes of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and the No. 28 pick. The Lakers will likely be coming in with low-ball offers given that George has made it known that his desire would be to sign with Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent in 2018, but there is reportedly some fear amongst the Laker execs that his attitude towards Los Angeles could shift if he's traded to a winning team this summer. In addition to the Lakers, the Cavs, Wizards, Rockets and Clippers have reached out to the Pacers regarding a Paul George deal.

The Wizards will reportedly try and put together a package to trade for Paul George.

It's tough to see this sort of deal coming to fruition, as Washington has zero interest in trading away Bradley Beal or John Wall. That pretty much leaves Otto Porter as their most attractive trade chip, but given that he's a restricted free agent, Porter would need to consent to a sign-and-trade which would result in him leaving millions of dollars on the table. At the moment, Cleveland and Boston seem like the only realistic potential landing spots for PG-13.
Source: NBA
Jun 19 - 4:41 PM

Pacers' president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard is reportedly considering playing Lance Stephenson at point guard next season.

Pritchard has hinted on numerous occasions that he expects Stephenson to have an increased role with the Pacers next season, and with recent reports suggesting that Paul George could begin his 2017-18 campaign outside of Indiana, Stephenson could be forced into a much more substantial role with the Pacers. This report could also suggest that Pritchard is contemplating letting Jeff Teague walk as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. As for Born Ready's fantasy potential, him being utilized as a primary weapon on offense isn't necessarily a good thing, as we saw during his short stint with Charlotte.
Jun 19 - 3:16 PM

The Pacers are reportedly angling for two first-round picks and a starting-caliber player in any trade talks for Paul George.

In case you missed it, George recently informed the Pacers that he intends to leave as an unrestricted free agent next summer. That may have forced their hand, and ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that the "sense from teams talking to [Indiana]" is that they "intend to move fast" on a deal for the star forward. George would reportedly prefer to play in L.A., but he also wants to compete for a championship, and the Cavaliers have been cited as a potential trade partner. It's a fascinating story to monitor in the lead-up to draft night.
Jun 18 - 9:40 PM

Paul George has reportedly informed the Pacers that he intends to leave the franchise as an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

George also let the Pacers know that ideally, he'd like to go to the Lakers, and while he hasn't formally requested a trade, Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard has reportedly already begun engaging with teams around the league on a potential deal; the Cavaliers have already made inquiries. The Lakers might not have the assets to be able to pry away PG-13 from Indiana, and there's less incentive for them to do so if they could get him for nothing as a free agent, but with word out that he won't re-sign with Indiana and he'd like to go to Los Angeles it'll be that much more risky for a team to unload assets now for what could turn out to be just a one-year rental.
Jun 18 - 3:33 PM


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