Player News - Pacers

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Monta Ellis has "re-dedicated" himself to basketball after a 2015-16 season which he feels was his worst since joining the NBA.

Ellis admitted that playing in his age-30 season was physically challenging. "My knee would just flare up," he said. "Some days I'd wake up in the morning and it was tough getting out of bed." To his credit, Ellis still played in 81 games last year and he said that his legs feel "great" after a summer devoted to physical training. Despite his declining production, he's worth a look if you need a scorer after the middle rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 26 - 6:43 PM

Paul George said he's willing to play some minutes as a power forward, but coach Nate McMillan referred to him as a "versatile [small forward]."

The Pacers tried to start George at PF last season but he was vocal about his desire to remain a SF. The addition of Thaddeus Young this offseason means that George can stick to his favored position more often, and a faster-paced offense should result in another elite campaign for the 26-year-old All-Star.
Source: AP
Sep 26 - 6:05 PM

Coach Nate McMillan said Lavoy Allen is "going to have to make me play him with what he does on the floor."

Allen previously said he's hoping for a double-double average, so that seems just a little unlikely. With Myles Turner locked in to bigger minutes, Al Jefferson backing him up, and C.J. Miles slated to play more four, there's not much here for Allen.
Sep 26 - 5:55 PM

Coach Nate McMillan said the Pacers have built a roster to run at a faster pace.

Pacers picking up pace? Sounds fitting. Anyway, McMillan's teams have typically been extremely slow. In his 12 seasons as a head coach, his teams ranked at an average of 24.9, and he ranked in the bottom three in seven of those 12 seasons. Fantasy owners should plan on the Pacers turning in some valuable fantasy output.
Sep 26 - 5:49 PM

Jeremy Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and may not be ready for the season opener.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he may use a nine-man rotation this season, so Evans isn't looking at minutes anyways. Ignore him in all fantasy formats.
Sep 26 - 11:51 AM

Myles Turner was diagnosed with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head during a workout this week.

Turner is currently in the NBA's concussion protocol and it's not clear when he will be able to return. There's plenty of time for Turner to recover, so this shouldn't impact his value in fantasy drafts. Turner is a breakout candidate after averaging 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season.
Sep 26 - 10:36 AM

Larry Bird said that Jeff's Teague knee has been fine so far.

"In the workouts, he looks fine," Bird said. "He’s been playing for the last week or two, and that’s encouraging. When you start two-a-days, things can change, but [by] all indications, he looks pretty good." With the Pacers expected to get out and run this season, Teague will have to get his legs under him pretty quickly with the season just a little over a month away. Teague is playing for a new deal and the 28-year-old PG will be a nice mid-round pick despite lining up next to two ball-dominant guys in Paul George and Monta Ellis.
Sep 25 - 9:45 AM

Larry Bird said that he's expecting a "spectacular" year from Myles Turner.

"He’s making a major leap," Bird said. "He’s going to have some games where he’s not as good as others, but overall he’s going to be a lot better player." Turner will be the starting center ahead of Al Jefferson and is hoping to take on more of a scoring role this season -- he wants to average 15-20 points per game. Turner put up 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season, so if you're drafting in a competitive league, you'll have to take him early.
Sep 25 - 9:37 AM

According to Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star, Monta Ellis isn't expected to handle the ball as much this year.

Ellis had a 21.0 percent usage rate last season and his 13.8 points per game was his lowest scoring average since his rookie season. Ellis will have a lot of trouble matching the 4.7 assists per game that he had last year due to the arrival of Jeff Teague, and his scoring opportunities could be limited while playing with Indiana's revamped starting lineup. He barely returned top-75 value in standard leagues last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much from him.
Sep 25 - 9:31 AM

Larry Bird expects Jeff Teague to get to the free throw line more often.

Teague averaged just 3.9 FTA per game last season, and that number actually helped to raise his career average to three attempts per contest. Obviously, it's an area Bird wants to see improved. "We’ve got to get the ball in his hands to let him make plays for the other guys," Larry Legend said. As for acclimating to his new teammates, Teague said he's learning their tendencies and hopes to continue that process through training camp. For what it's worth, Teague is intrigued with what Thad Young—who he said reminded him of Paul Millsap—can bring to the table.
Sep 24 - 4:51 PM

Larry Bird confirmed that he intends to attempt to sign Jeff Teague to a long-term contract.

At the time Teague was traded to the Pacers, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that Indiana intended to sign the point guard to a long-term deal. Now, Bird has confirmed that course of action. "This contract stuff will take care of itself," Bird said. "We’ll like to have both of them [Teague and Paul George] back, but you never know what happens." It's possible the two sides work out a new deal during the season, but it's still too early in the process to project a possible outcome.
Sep 24 - 3:13 PM

The Pacers have a standing max contract offer to Paul George.

Larry Bird wants to sign George to a max deal as soon as PG-13 is ready. "I know he don’t want to talk about it all year and I don’t either," Bird said. "We want Paul here and we know what it’s going to cost and what it’s going to take. If Paul wants to get a deal done, we will. It’s a max deal. There’s no others, so there’s no use talking about it. If he wants it, he’s got it." All the attention will now turn to George and his future plans as the Pacers prepare to begin the 2016-17 campaign.
Sep 24 - 3:09 PM

Larry Bird said that he views Paul George as a "max contract player," and that the two sides have discussed a possible extension this summer.

The Pacers could lock up PG-13 until 2020 if they're able to come to terms on a deal, but George would likely see his biggest payday if he just delays his decision until the summer of 2018. He'll make for a fine late-first, early-second round selection on draft day after compiling averages of 23.1 points, 2.6 triples, 6.9 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 3.3 turnovers per game last season on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 86.0 percent shooting from the stripe.
Sep 21 - 11:54 AM

Jeff Teague said that he's been playing in a five-on-five setting for the past two weeks and that his knee is fully healthy after resting it for most of the offseason.

Teague revealed in June that he played a majority of the 2015-16 season with a partially torn patellar tendon, but it sounds like he'll be coming into training camp with a clean bill of health. Teague will likely need to adjust his game a bit this season as he figures out how to play alongside Paul George and Monta Ellis, and while he won't have the ball in his hands quite as often, he could up his efficiency given his proficiency on his catch-and-shoot attempts (72.7 EFG). Target him towards the middle rounds.
Sep 21 - 11:38 AM

Thaddeus Young has been working on his perimeter shooting this offseason.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan is on board with the idea and said "We're going to have to let him go there some." His 3-point shooting has been wildly inconsistent and he's hit just 31.9 percent from deep during his nine-year career, so fantasy owners should only be expecting a modest bump in 3-pointers made. Young will be the starting PF in Indiana next to Myles Turner, and while the Pacers will play at an uptempo pace, his value will take a hit with his new team with so many talented players vying for touches.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 9:29 AM


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