Player News - Pacers

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Paul George (left calf strain) is "50-50" to play vs. Venezuela on Friday.

He left Team USA's win over China after just 10 minutes, but the team sat him down for precautionary reasons. George even said that he's not concerned about his calf, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski hinted that he will take it easy on George over the next few days, and he will be very limited during Thursday's practice. His goal is to be 100 percent for the start of the Olympics.
Jul 28 - 1:45 PM

Ty Lawson has reportedly received some calls during free agency, but the teams that have called are not willing to commit much to the unrestricted free agent.

Lawson is just two years removed from averaging 15.2 points, 9.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game, but after two failed stints in Houston and Indiana, and his well documented off-court incidents, his value has taken a major hit. Lawson has said that he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth, but with most teams all set up at the point guard position, Lawson is running out of options. If he does nab a deal, he'll more than likely be coming off the bench.
Jul 27 - 12:39 PM

Paul George suffered a left calf strain during Team USA's win over China on Tuesday.

The game was a blowout, so George obviously didn't return. The report adds that Team USA sat him down for precautionary reasons, so he should be considered day-to-day moving forward. George finished with six points (two 3-pointers), two assists, one board and one block in 10 minutes. Carmelo Anthony led USA with 20 points and five boards, DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Durant chipped in with 13 points in 19 minutes.

Paul George is embracing expectations to lead the Pacers back to contention.

"I think with the moves that they made, it’s on me now, to get us back to being contenders," George said. "I think, with what I’m going to bring, the talent I have around me now, I’ve got a chance to challenge Cleveland." Although Larry Bird's squad still has some questions—perhaps most notably their small size in the backcourt—there's no doubt they're one of the most improved (on paper) clubs of the offseason.
Jul 25 - 10:23 AM

Paul George made his return to Team USA action on Friday, scoring 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

It was his first Team USA televised game since his horrific leg injury. George had a couple breakaway dunks and he justifiably took it easy on those. After the game on NBATV, he did add it was "eerie" for him to get back on the court and said there were a lot of emotions. George looked better than expected last year, especially early in the season. Even with the new players, he's still expected to have a great season with the vast majority of his minutes coming at small forward.
Jul 22 - 11:09 PM

Pacers sign G Aaron Brooks.

As expected, the Pacers have officially signed Brooks to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Brooks will have to battle Joe Young for backup point guard minutes, so his fantasy value is extremely limited as long as Young and starter Jeff Teague are healthy.
Jul 21 - 10:42 AM

Ty Lawson said that he regained some confidence by watching some of his old highlights on YouTube.

"Last [season] was the first time I felt that I wasn’t the confident player," said Lawson. "If I did any wrong thing, I would be scared to shoot it or scared to make a pass. But it’s all confidence. I sat down, looked in the mirror and watched my old YouTube videos and realized I am the same player I am. I just have to be confident shooting the ball and play my regular game." Lawson added that he's been in the gym every day, putting up extra shots, and he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth.
Jul 20 - 1:56 PM

Paul George said that now that he's fully recovered from his surgically repaired left leg, there's "no thought" in his mind that he's "limited" in any way.

"Now I know I'm healthy, I know I'm OK, I know I'm 100 percent," George said. "I'm back to being myself. It's no limitations. It's no thought in my mind that I'm limited to something. I kind of just feel like all the chains are off of me and I'm free now." George also added that playing for Team USA "means a lot," and he feels getting back on the court for the US National Team will be a sort of "redemption" for himself after suffering that gruesome leg injury two years ago.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 12:30 PM

Aaron Brooks has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Pacers.

The Pacers starters look a lot different this year, but they do need some depth. Brooks should battle Joe Young for the backup point guard minutes, but they both won't have fantasy value.
Jul 18 - 2:56 PM

Paul George said that he'll work on improving his off the ball play during the 2016 Olympic Games.

"Now it's about learning how to play off the ball," said George. "I think that's where guys take that next step. Learning how to space the floor. Learning how to cut. Learning how to play on the boards; battle the boards. I think just playing off the ball is where guys take that next step." PG-13 was a top-15 stud in 9-cat leagues during the 2014-15 season, and he'll make for a fine late-first, early-second round selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 16 - 12:35 PM

Pacers sign F Georges Niang.

It's a three-year deal, so the Pacers are basically treating him like a first-round pick. The Pacers are raving about the No. 50 pick for his basketball IQ and versatility, so he should fit right in to their new system. He's someone to watch in very deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 5:24 PM

Jeff Teague reiterated that he's open to an extension with the Pacers.

"I would love to be here, I'm from here, I've always wanted to play for the Pacers," he said. Teague later added that he'd "love to spend the rest of my career here," and we're inclined to take him at his word given his connection to the community. The point guard did say that he's still currently limited in what can do due to a torn patella tendon, and he did not provide a timeline for when he may be able to go without restrictions.
Jul 11 - 1:12 PM

Jeff Teague is excited to have a fresh start with his hometown Pacers.

"Man, it's really good to be home," Teague said. "I'm very excited." The point guard believes the upcoming season can "definitely" be a career year for him, and he's salivating at the chance to be a facilitator. "I can’t wait to facilitate and make plays for an All-Star like Paul George and proven veterans like Thaddeus Young and Monta Ellis. Those guys can score the ball, which always makes the point guard’s job a lot easier." Teague added that he's worked on his strength, continued to hone his shooting and wants to step up as a leader. As an aside, Teague revealed that he and the Hawks worked together to find a suitable trade partner capable of providing a new start.

Free agent Aaron Brooks is in "advanced discussions" with the Pacers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The deal is reportedly for one year and it's likely to be at or near the minimum, giving the Pacers a likely replacement for Ty Lawson. Brooks' arrival would be bad news for Joe Young's role next season, but neither guy is appealing in fantasy leagues while Jeff Teague is soaking up minutes at PG.
Jul 10 - 9:07 PM

Al Jefferson said that he didn't talk to any other teams in free agency.

"It was just Pacers," Jefferson said. "At this point in my career I've put myself in a position where I can go where I want to go as far as what's best for me, and for winning. For me, no other team out there [was a better fit]." He played in just 47 games last season due to a strained calf muscle, a five-game suspension for a failed drug test and arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus. However, Jefferson said he's now 100 percent and said he's finally feeling like his old self again. He's expected to come off the bench behind Myles Turner, so he won't have much fantasy value in Indiana.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 10 - 12:52 PM


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