Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Unrestricted free agent Chris Singleton has reportedly committed to sign with the Pacers.

The Pacers lost Paul George and Lance Stephenson this offseason, so there are a lot of minutes to be dispersed, and the team needs healthy bodies on the wings. That being said, Singleton has struggled with injuries throughout his brief three-year career (he was only able to make it through 25 games last season) and with career averages of 4.1 points, and 3.2 rebounds on 37.6 percent shooting, he doesn't figure to be a viable fantasy option in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 12:46 PM

Luis Scola scored 30 points in a losing effort for Argentina on Sunday, making 11-of-19 FGs and 7-of-11 FTs with nine rebounds and one block.

Scola's one-man show wasn't sufficient to counter Croatia's balanced scoring, but it's nice to see the Pacers' veteran thriving in the World Cup. He's not a reliable fantasy asset as a backup behind David West, but would be a nice waiver wire pickup if injuries strike Indiana's frontcourt.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 31 - 3:34 PM

Jonny Flynn has officially been signed by the Italian team Orlandina Basket.

Flynn was the overall No. 6 pick by the Wolves in 2009, but he never found his footing in the NBA and remains a glaring blot on former GM David Kahn's record. It's doubtful whether we'll ever see Flynn return to the NBA.
Aug 30 - 2:33 PM

Pacers F Damjan Rudez said that he "[doesn't] expect to sit on the bench all season" during his rookie season in the NBA.

Rudez also understands that he won't have a major role in Indiana's rotation, despite the minutes left vacant by Paul George's potentially season-ending injury. "I'm ready to help the team and I'm ready for whatever might happen," Rudez said. "I don't expect to play 30 minutes per game ... I realize that for any European player going to the NBA, the first year is a transition process." The 28-year-old is a proven perimeter scorer in Europe, but he'll be fighting for relevancy behind Solomon Hill and Chris Copeland.
Source: HoopsHype
Aug 30 - 9:55 AM

Team France's doctor diagnosed Ian Mahinmi with a dislocated shoulder, and said the injury could sideline him as long as 2-3 months.

Mahinmi suffered the injury during a practice, and an MRI revealed that the injury was serious enough to keep him out of the FIBA World Cup. He is currently headed back to Indiana for further evaluation, but if the initial diagnosis is correct, he will miss all of preseason. Mahinmi is a backup center and doesn't warrant consideration in standard leagues.
Aug 29 - 9:26 PM

Ian Mahinmi has left Team France due to a shoulder injury.

He appeared to suffer the injury in Thursday's practice session and the extent of the injury is not yet know. Mahinmi will back up Roy Hibbert again next season and could get more minutes with Luis Scola playing more power forward than center. He's still not worth drafting in most formats.
Aug 29 - 10:02 AM

In an effort to improve player safety, the NBA will add one foot of open space to each side of the basket stanchion, while decreasing the number of photographers sitting along the baseline.

NBA executive Rod Thorn said the changes had been discussed for "several years," but Paul George's awful leg injury this summer sped up the implementation. An increasing number of players, coaches and NBA executives have lobbied for greater protective measures in recent years, as more and more obstacles crowded around the court -- the new rules allow 10 photographers on each baseline, only half of what was allowed during the 2010-11 season. It's an encouraging response to an obvious problem, adding another feather to commissioner Adam Silver's cap.
Source: AP
Aug 26 - 3:45 PM

Jonny Flynn is being seriously considered as the next starting point guard for Orlandina Basket of Italian Serie A.

The former lottery pick hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season and has most recently played for the Melbourne Tigers of the Australian National Basketball League. While Flynn is still only 25 years old, it's safe to say that his NBA days are over.
Source: Sportando
Aug 26 - 12:46 PM

The Pacers signed Adonis Thomas to a non-guaranteed deal on Friday.

It's a training camp deal for Thomas, who was with the 76ers to close out the 2013-14 season. Thomas also was with the Magic on a 10-day deal, but he only played 6.2 minutes per game in six outings last season. Even with the Pacers need for wings, Thomas will still need to be terrific to make the team.
Aug 22 - 9:36 AM

Solomon Hill will change his jersey number from No. 9 to No. 44.

It's the same number he wore at the University of Arizona. Hill's playing time is on the rise due to the Pacers losing their two best players in the offseason, so he has a very good chance to play 20 minutes per night. He can shoot from distance and is capable of producing other stats, so he's on the radar as a sleeper pick.
Aug 16 - 10:04 AM

Paul George explained why he made the switch to No. 13 in a recent interview.

"The whole theme behind PG-13 is just coming into my own," said George. "I feel like I’m at that stage where I’m ready to embrace everything that comes with being one of the young stars in this league. Everyone knows PG-13 is related to television, so the whole thing is being able to enjoy the show and being fun to watch."
Aug 15 - 5:35 PM

Paul George addressed the media for the first time since suffering his gruesome leg injury, and said he currently has "no date or time frame" on his recovery timeline.

George admitted that the injury could take a full year to recover, and while he's hopeful he can return to the court this season, he understands that sitting out for a year is a legitimate possibility. George also said that the criticism USA Basketball has received has been "unfair" as it was "a freak accident." Overall, George had a positive tone, stating that the injury is: "something that I think I can overcome... a bump in a road. Something that will make me stronger going forward." We're hoping for a full, and speedy recovery to PG-13, but he's unlikely to suit up for the upcoming season, and should not be targeted in redraft leagues.
Aug 15 - 3:01 PM

Team USA will wear patches on their exhibition game jerseys in honor of injured teammate Paul George.

The team is not allowed to wear them during the World Cup due to FIBA restrictions. George fractured his leg in a team USA scrimmage and is expected to miss the entire 2014-2015 season. He was a true fantasy stud last season and fans can only hope he returns to form when healthy.
Aug 14 - 3:50 PM

Paul George (fractured leg) bought the remaining No. 24 jerseys and donated them to his old high school in Palmdale, California.

Even though George beat the NBA deadline that required him to buy the remaining No. 24 jerseys, he decided to do so in order to support his old high school. The 24-year-old is expected to miss the entire 2014-15 season after breaking his leg during a Team USA exhibition game, so fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to leave him off their draft boards this fall.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 14 - 11:52 AM

The Pacers have been awarded a disabled player exception worth more than $5 million, the result of Paul George's devastating leg injury.

Indiana still isn't expected to offer more than $1.6 million to any player, including Shawn Marion, since they're unwilling to enter the luxury tax. The receipt of the disabled player exception does not guarantee that George's season is over, but the Pacers don't expect him to play in 2014-15. According to the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the exception means that doctors found it "substantially more likely than not" that George won't play through June 15 of next year.
Aug 13 - 1:29 PM


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