Player News - Pacers

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came to the defense of Roy Hibbert after some mocking comments came in on a video he posted teaching Hibbert.

"I've been reading your comments and want the fans following us to practice being patient and thinking positive. Good things are happening in the Pacers Fieldhouse. Big men just need other bigs to learn and practice with in order to sharpen their skills. Roy is a hard worker and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play this season." There were lots of positive reports about Hibbert last offseason as he spent time working with the great Tim Duncan, however, he shot just 32.0 percent from 0-3 feet, so the experience didn't exactly translate to success. We're not confident that Hibbert can suddenly have a miraculous turnaround, but it is worth noting that Abdul-Jabbar sees the potential in Roy.
Jul 25 - 2:41 PM

Ian Mahinmi has been added to Team France's FIBA World Cup of Basketball roster.

With Alexis Ajinca and Kevin Seraphin both unavailable for the World Cup, Mahinmi will serve as Les Bleu's best option up front for August's World Cup in Spain. While Mahinmi will get plenty of run for France in the World Cup, the 27-year-old doesn't hold much fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season as he won't see much more playing time than the 12.7 minutes he averaged in 2013-14.
Jul 24 - 11:37 AM

Roy Hibbert is training with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this offseason.

It's unknown what they're going to work on, but conventional wisdom suggests it'll be involving Hibbert developing a post game. His offensive output was a disaster down the stretch and he couldn't even score effectively from within three feet. He'll have to impress for a couple months before the NBA world changes its mind on his offensive ineptitude.
Jul 22 - 10:39 PM

Rodney Stuckey officially signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Pacers on Monday.

The former Pistons guard accepted the veteran's minimum to join a winning team, saying, "It's never fun when you're losing, especially when you have to go through it for 82 games." He said he'll embrace any role the Pacers see fit to give him, and without Lance Stephenson around he has a good chance to start at SG alongside George Hill.
Jul 22 - 4:35 PM

Paul George said that last season's second-half collapse was because the Pacers lost their hunger.

"Before we were hungry," George said. "We started the year off hungry, the bad taste from the year before was in our mouths and everyone was on a mission. Once we started to win, the game was coming too easy. We were running away from our opponents and we just kind of forgot that edge... We weren’t the team chasing opponents. We were being chased and we couldn’t find that balance between getting that edge back we started the season with." With the departure of Lance Stephenson, George will have to shoulder even more of the offensive workload, and he is primed to have a monster year in his fifth season with Indiana.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 21 - 3:47 PM

Rodney Stuckey has spent this offseason working to improve his jump shot.

"Obviously, just become a better shooter. Once I [become] more consistent with my jump shot, I'll be fine," Stuckey said. "Just got to continue to put up shots, just repetition." Stuckey has done most of his scoring throughout his career from the free throw line and closer, but he struggles with the mid-range jump shot (35.9 percent from 16-to-22 feet). He's also never shot better than 31.7 percent from 3-point range his entire career, so Stuckey has his work cut out for him. Perhaps the additional talent in Indiana will allow Stuckey to get better looks, but we wouldn't expect a drastic improvement from the 7-year-veteran.
Jul 21 - 2:47 PM

Andrew Bynum (knee) could sit out all of the 2014-15 season.

He is looking into the Regenokine Program made famous by guys like Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez. Bynum was completely out of shape last season and his career obviously wouldn't last with the way it's going right now. If the rest goes well, he could wind up back with Phil Jackson for the 2015-16 season.
Source: NY Post
Jul 19 - 9:13 AM

Rodney Stuckey spoke like the prototypical team player in a recent interview, and he appears to be genuinely excited to be joining a winning team in Indiana.

"If they want me to come off the bench, then I'll do that. If they need me to start, I'll do that. It doesn't really matter. Whatever they need me to do, I'll do," Stuckey said. "I'm excited to have a fresh start. It's going to be good for me... I want to win. I'm going to come in and work hard. I'm going to earn everyone's respect. I'm going to earn my minutes and I'm just going to come in and just compete." Stuckey wasn't asked to do much besides score in Detroit, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do with a bit of an expanded opportunity/role in Indiana. Stuckey should be able to improve a bit on last season's averages of 13.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 0.7 steals per game.
Jul 18 - 9:57 AM

Rodney Stuckey said on Thursday that his move to Indiana is a "a fresh start," for the veteran guard.

"My main goal, I want to get back into the playoffs," he said. "I want to compete and I want to win." Stuckey admits that the last few losing seasons in Detroit were hard on him personally, and that he was anxious to get back to a winning situation. "I just don’t like to lose. In Detroit, I’ve had people accept losing and I don’t accept that." Stuckey will likely be tasked with replacing Lance Stephenson as the starting shooting guard in Indiana.
Jul 17 - 4:59 PM

The Pacers have agreed to a one-year deal with G Rodney Stuckey.

Stuckey will replace Lance Stephenson (and probably Evan Turner), who will sign a three-year deal with the Hornets. While Stuckey is no Stephenson, he is a solid NBA player and a better option than C.J. Miles, and will probably have some decent, late-round fantasy value as a starting two guard in Indy.
Jul 16 - 9:06 PM

The Pacers are interested in acquiring veteran guard Rodney Stuckey, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Pacers have a huge void to fill at shooting guard after the departure of Lance Stephenson. Stuckey averaged 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 43.6 percent shooting last season, primarily coming off the bench as a sixth man. He will not be able to reproduce the production of Stephenson, but if he were to become a full-time starter his fantasy value would increase heading into next season.
Jul 16 - 2:08 PM

Paul George would like to become a more physical player, and he is working on developing a post-game for next season.

"I plan on being a lot more physical this year," George said. "I really plan taking contact and wanting to get contact and finishing through contact. That's the next step for me. I've [also] been spending a lot of time [in the post]. A lot of it is just working on footwork stuff and a lot of stuff just off the catch." George is a scary talent in the league, and he put up very impressive averages during his fourth NBA season of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers per game.
Jul 14 - 2:19 PM

Paul George reiterated his desire to have Lance Stephenson return with Pacers next season.

"I do want Lance coming back," George said. "I love being teammates with Lance. If he needs any words or anything to talk about, I'm always here for Lance." Now that the big names of free agency are off the board, offers will likely start coming in for Stephenson. He turned down the Pacers initial offer of 5-years, $44 million, and there hasn't been a new offer from Indiana's side up to this point.
Jul 13 - 10:44 AM

The Pacers officially signed rookie SF Damjan Rudez on Friday.

"Rudez is one of the best shooters in Europe," said Pacers president Larry Bird. "We’ve got to figure out how to get him in the mix." Rudez may emerge as a 3-point specialist but he faces steep competition for playing time from C.J. Miles, Solomon Hill and Chris Copeland.
Jul 11 - 10:53 AM

Pacers president Larry Bird reiterated that he'd like to acquire a point guard who can "break down the defenses."

"We’re always looking," said Bird. "A great point guard is hard to get. We’re happy with George Hill, and C.J. [Watson] has done a great job for us." Indiana has reportedly inquired about Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo, but that seems like due diligence and nothing has come of their interest. At the moment, the Pacers' primary focus is retaining free agent SG Lance Stephenson.
Jul 11 - 10:25 AM

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