Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Frank Vogel said he's hoping Myles Turner "becomes a big-minute guy for us and a major contributor."

"Obviously with someone that young, it might be a reach," Vogel said. "The kid looks pretty good. He’s got a chance to definitely contribute for us next year and obviously the sky is the limit for what he can be." The team is also allowing Turner to shoot 3-pointers, but he's not expected to have a green light out of the gate. If he can stay healthy, Turner could be one of the steals of the draft.
Jul 3 - 3:27 PM

Unrestricted free agent Rodney Stuckey is registering interest from the Cavs and the interest is mutual.

Stuckey would be a very interesting fit. Last season, he somehow increased his 3-point shooting by 10 percent from his previous career average. The Cavs really need shooters around LeBron to space the floor, so maybe a guy like J.R. Smith is a better fit. Stuckey has interest from the Bulls, Wizards, Rockets and of course the Kings. The Cavs probably won't be signing Stuckey.
Jul 3 - 1:07 PM

The Wizards are making a hard push to sign David West.

After losing Paul Pierce, the Wizards may be able to add a couple nice spacing options with West and Jared Dudley. West is going to choose either the Wizards or Spurs and it sounds like a deal could go down today.
Jul 3 - 10:58 AM

The Spurs and Wizards are the favorites to sign unrestricted free agent David West.

This confirms a similar report from USA Today, so it would appear we're down to a two-horse race. West is expected to take a serious pay cut because he wants to win a title. He would be a backup on the Spurs -- assuming they land LaMarcus Aldridge -- and would have more fantasy value on the Wizards.
Jul 2 - 10:26 PM

The Pacers have agreed to give Lavoy Allen a multiple-year deal.

The 6'9 forward picked up plenty of time at center this year in the second unit, averaging 5.0 points, 5.1 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.2 steals last season. He fell out of the rotation down the stretch last year while the Pacers were getting healthy, though. Allen might get more run next year with David West headed out of town.
Jul 2 - 7:59 PM

The Wizards have expressed interest in restricted free agent Chris Copeland.

Copeland would provide Washington with some depth and outside shooting, but it would be tough for him to establish himself as a standard league asset with the Wizards.
Jul 2 - 4:23 PM

If the Mavericks miss out on unrestricted free agent DeAndre Jordan, they will reportedly try and do a sign-and-trade deal involving Roy Hibbert and Monta Ellis.

Ellis has reportedly already agreed to sign in Indiana, although that hasn't been made official just yet. Indiana seems ready to move on from Hibbert, so perhaps both franchises orchestrate a sign-and-trade in order to get the guys they want and move on from the ones they no longer value. Hibbert would have the opportunity to see around 30 minutes per game in Dallas, which would give him the opportunity to put up some monster totals in the shot blocking department.
Jul 2 - 3:14 PM

The Pacers have signed Monta Ellis to a four-year deal, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

We'll away final confirmation before we write this one down in pen, but it looks like Ellis will join the Pacers on a four-year deal, $44 million deal with a player option after the third year. Ellis will become a centerpiece for the Pacers alongside Paul George and will provide solid early-middle round fantasy value after averaging 18.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers a game in a crowded Mavericks offense in 2014-15. To add insult to injury for Kings fans, Ellis also reportedly turned down more money from Sacramento to sign with the Pacers.
Jul 2 - 1:18 PM

The Mavericks will reportedly consider a trade for Roy Hibbert if they miss out on DeAndre Jordan, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN.

After meeting with the Mavs and Lakers on Wednesday, Jordan is set to close out his free agent meetings with the Knicks and Clippers on Thursday. He's reportedly leaning towards deciding between the Mavs and Clippers, but the Mavs seem set to move onto Hibbert as Plan B if Jordan decides to return to the Clips. While Hibbert has his issues, he would presumably see big minutes in Dallas and could end up being a solid later-round fantasy pick based on his potential to post big block numbers.
Jul 2 - 1:08 PM

The Wizards have shown interest in signing C.J. Watson, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.

Watson can provide the Wizards with a quality backup behind John Wall, but he doesn't provide a ton of fantasy value after averaging 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers in 57 games with the Pacers last season. We'll keep Watson's status updated as more information becomes available, but his destination won't affect fantasy owners in standard leagues.
Jul 2 - 11:52 AM

David West is hoping to join a contender and reportedly has serious interest in joining the Spurs or Warriors.

West declined his $12.2 million player option with the Pacers for 2015-16 and would likely have to sign for close to the veteran's minimum ($1.49 million) to play for the Spurs or Warriors. The 34-year-old said on Wednesday that he just wants to win, so we'll monitor his situation closely to see if he puts his money where his mouth is.
Source: USA Today
Jul 2 - 10:30 AM

The Knicks have reportedly expressed interest in FA Monta Ellis, who met with the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday.

The Pacers are engaged in serious talks with Ellis and are reportedly ready to offer him a three-year, $32 million deal, but the lack of resolution as of Thursday morning confirms that he's weighing his options. Sacramento also has interest in Ellis and they cleared cap space in a go-for-broke trade with Philly, so the Kings can't be discounted as a potential landing spot.
Jul 2 - 1:04 AM

Unrestricted free agent Rodney Stuckey is "very much a possibility" for the Wizards.

He is hoping to land on a contender and be the team's sixth man. With the Wizards losing out on Paul Pierce, they're going to need some extra help on the bench. Stuckey wouldn't be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues with the Wizards, though.
Jul 1 - 10:04 PM

David West said the rumors about him going to the Knicks are ridiculous and that he wants to join a contender, according to Bob Kravitz of WTHR.

"At this point in my career, I just want to win," West said. "I'm just not sure the Pacers are in title contention right now. I'm going into my 13th season. I'll be 35 soon. When I got to Indiana, there was hope of getting there and we played at a really high level for a couple of years. But I just don't know if the team is in the position to win right now and I didn't know if I'd have that opportunity to win a title if I'd stayed with the Pacers." Tell us how you really feel, Mr. West.
Source: WTHR
Jul 1 - 9:15 PM

Monta Ellis is in Indiana to meet with Larry Bird and the Pacers.

The Pacers are reportedly prepared to offer a three-year, $32 million deal, so they might actually get a deal done after this meeting. If it doesn't go down, expect the Kings, Heat and Mavs to get a crack at Monta.
Jul 1 - 4:19 PM


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