Player News - Pacers

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Thaddeus Young is "seriously contemplating" declining his player option worth $13.7 million for the 2018-19 season, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski.

This report jives with an earlier report from J. Micheal of the Indianapolis Star, with the reasoning being that the 29-year-old vet would like to hit the open market now while he's still in his prime in hopes of locking up a long-term deal. Young wasn't overwhelmingly impressive this past season with averages of 11.8 points, 6.3 boards and 1.7 steals per game, but he did serve in a leadership role on a young Pacers' team that took LeBron James' Cavs to seven games in the first-round, and his ability to guard multiple positions is attractive in the current NBA landscape.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 7:03 PM

Indiana reporter J. Michael said he expects Thaddeus Young to opt out of his player option for 2018-19 which is worth roughly $14 million.

Young may not earn $14 million per year if he opts out, but securing another long-term deal would make sense with the forward entering his age-30 season. Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said Young indicated that he wants to return during his exit meeting, and we'd expect the feeling to be mutual. He averaged 1.7 steals per game which helped him return mid-round value to go with 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.7 triples.
May 3 - 10:13 AM

Coach Nate McMillan said Myles Turner should spend his offseason working on his strength and scoring as a roll man.

The coach added that Turner needs to work on his game, but he mentioned he liked how he grew as a pick-and-pop guy this season. McMillan didn't seem too worried about Turner's post game as much and stressed how the center position changed so much recently. Turner was a letdown in his 2017-18 season, but there's still a chance he can trend up again at just age 22.
May 2 - 3:45 PM

Cory Joseph will exercise his player option for the 2018-19 season with the Pacers.

He'll be on the books for $7.9 million and will hit the open market during the summer of 2019. Darren Collison is still under contract, so expect Joseph to reprise his role as the primary backup PG. Joseph averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.8 triples for the Pacers this season, playing 27.0 minutes per game across all 82 games.
May 2 - 9:31 AM

Coach Nate McMillan said that Myles Turner needs to increase his focus on the defensive end of the floor next season.

Turner had a relatively disappointing season in 2017-18. He appeared in just 65 games and saw his playing time and his counting stats dip across the board compared to his production from 2016-17. Turner's block and steal rates also dropped. "There’s too much focus for him a lot of times on offense," said McMillan. Still just 22 years of age, Turner has an enormous upside.
May 1 - 1:49 PM

Thad Young played through a sore back in Sunday's Game 7 loss to Cleveland without issue, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and a steal on 6-of-13 shooting.

The veteran forward played 38 big minutes, and it will be very interesting to see how his future is handled given the emergence of Domantas Sabonis. Young has a player option worth nearly $14 million for next season, and we're guessing he'll choose to opt-in given he's unlikely to find that annual average value on the open market.
Apr 29 - 4:37 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic's shot went missing at the wrong time on Sunday, finishing his season with a three-point dud and a Game 7 loss to the Cavs.

Bogdanovic played 37 minutes, but he was just 1-of-9 from the field (including 1-of-7 from distance) with more turnovers (three) than assists (two) and was held without a single rebound. In his inaugural season with the Pacers, BB was a much better fit than almost anyone projected him to be, and there's currently no reason to think his role will be dramatically different next season. Bogdanovic will enter 2018-19 on an expiring $10.5 million contract.
Apr 29 - 4:34 PM

Myles Turner had just eight points, four rebounds, and no other stats before fouling out in Sunday's Game 7 loss in Cleveland.

Turner played just 25 minutes and had only three field goal attempts, though he was a plus-10 during his time on the court. Inconsistency was a major problem for the big man this year, and improving that has to be the focal point of his offseason work. If Turner is going to be a difference-making building block for this franchise alongside Victor Oladipo, the Pacers are going to need him to take his game to another level. Looking ahead toward next year, it's very likely that you'll be able to draft Turner at a comparative discount to what he's cost prior.
Apr 29 - 4:27 PM

Darren Collison finished Sunday's Game 7 defeat with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Collison had a really efficient first half before becoming invisible for the final 24 minutes, but he's not the reason the Pacers lost this game. DC will enter next season on an expiring $10M deal, but there's no reason to think Indiana will look to move on at this time. As for his fantasy stock, Collison again projects as a solid though unspectacular asset in the majority of formats.
Apr 29 - 4:22 PM

Victor Oladipo finished Sunday's 105-101 Game 7 loss to Cleveland with 30 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and four triples on 10-of-21 shooting.

As he did all season long, VO stuffed the stat sheet, but it just wasn't enough to beat LeBron James on the road in a win-or-go-home playoff game. Despite the first-round loss, Oladipo blossomed into a superstar in front of our eyes this season, and there's every reason to think that he can keep it going entering the 2018-19 campaign. If you really want Dipo in your fantasy league(s) next season, you are likely going to have to spend a first-round pick to grab him.
Apr 29 - 4:18 PM

Thaddeus Young is dealing with a sore back in Sunday's Game 7 vs. Cleveland.

Young was originally deemed questionable to return, but he started the second half without issue. We'll keep an eye on it, but the veteran is likely to play through any pain in order to help try and keep his club's season alive.
Apr 29 - 2:35 PM

Victor Oladipo erupted during an easy 121-87 win over the Cavs in Game 6 on Friday, scoring 28 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Well, he's out of his slump for his first postseason triple-double. Oladipo was 12-for-50 from the field in his previous three games, but he was never concerned about it. "I think I got some pretty good looks ... I just missed," Oladipo said about his slump before tonight. Coach Nate McMillan also said he was looking to work him in off the ball, but that wasn't needed with the best player on the Pacers hitting on all cylinders. If he plays like this on Sunday, he might send LeBron James home after one round.
Apr 27 - 10:36 PM

Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points with six rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

The Pacers continue to use some two-center lineups and it's helped Sabonis play in at least 23 minutes in each of the last four games. The Pacers second unit doesn't have much of a scoring punch besides Lance Stephenson, so Sabonis could look to continue his three-game streak with at least 18 points on Sunday.
Apr 27 - 10:33 PM

Domantas Sabonis had another breakout game on Wednesday with a playoff career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws, adding five boards, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

Sabonis played an expanded role on Sunday due to Myles Turner's foul trouble, and that 19-point game seems to have bolstered his role and confidence. Turner was in foul trouble again tonight and Sabonis wound up tying the game with an elbow jumper down the stretch, but Indy couldn't complete the comeback and now trails 3-2 in the series. Given his excellent play the past two games, it makes sense to target Sabonis in DFS unless his price spikes in the next 48 hours.
Apr 25 - 10:12 PM

Myles Turner had another foul-plagued game on Wednesday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.

Once again, Turner was extremely efficient (3-of-4 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) but just couldn't stay on the court. It's even more disappointing since the Cavs' small-ball lineups leave plenty of room for the Pacers' 7-footer to operate in the paint. Domantas Sabonis has thrived with Turner limited the past two games, which adds another layer of uncertainty as the series shifts back to Indy for Game 6.
Apr 25 - 10:11 PM


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