Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Paul George (leg) was spotted at the Colts game on Monday night with crutches.

He has been in the news for the wrong reasons based on some of his thoughtless comments involving Ray Rice. George is not expected to play this season and the Pacers will have a tough time getting production on the wing in the meantime.
Sep 15 - 9:05 PM

Following a series of insensitive tweets from Paul George regarding Ray Rice, Pacers president Larry Bird called George's since-deleted tweets "thoughtless."

While George has tweeted an apology, Bird issued a statement Thursday morning, "Paul George's tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society," Bird said. "We have talked to Paul to strongly express our displeasure and made it clear that the NBA and the Pacers' organization will not condone or tolerate remarks of this nature." The NBA is reportedly looking into George's tweets, so there may be some form of punishment either from the league or from the Pacers to follow.
Source: ESPN
Sep 11 - 12:18 PM

Paul George took to Twitter to defend recently suspended NFL running back Ray Rice and then quickly apologized after deleted the tweet.

We'll give George credit for not claiming his account was hacked, but there is no defending his early morning tweet. "I don't condone hittin women or think it's coo BUT if SHE ain't trippin then I ain't trippin.. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play," George said via his Twitter account (@Yg_Trece). "If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU.. Then you obviously ain't beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp." George later deleted the tweets and added an apology, but it's going to take some time (and probably more apologizing) until he lives this one down.
Source: SB Nation
Sep 11 - 10:39 AM

Ian Mahinmi's shoulder injury is not as bad as originally expected.

His initial prognosis was 2-3 months, which would have made him questionable for the season opener. Mahinmi said he doesn't need surgery on his dislocated shoulder and won't have any injections. He's been dealing with his shoulder issue since the regular season, so it could be a factor during the 2014-15 even if he heals in time to start the year.
Sep 6 - 12:39 AM

Indiana Pacers sign F Arinze Onuaku.

While the terms of Onuaku's contract have not been disclosed, he is expected to join the Pacers on a non-guaranteed camp deal. The 27-year-old only played five NBA games during the 2013-14 season and doesn't warrant any fantasy consideration as he battles for one of Indiana's final roster spots.
Source: HoopsRumors
Sep 4 - 9:09 AM

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


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