Player News - Pacers

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The Pacers likely won't re-sign Jordan Hill this summer.

Hill fell out of the rotation down the stretch and was stuck behind Ian Mahinmi and Myles Turner on the depth chart. A move away from Indiana would likely be a good thing for his fantasy value, but it all depends on where he lands in free agency. Hill averaged 8.8 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game for the Pacers this season.
Source: NBA.com
May 22 - 10:15 AM

Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said Myles Turner is "exactly" like LaMarcus Aldridge.

"It was almost like those guys were cloned," McMillan said. " ... the one thing that I loved about LaMarcus was the fact that he worked extremely hard. He stayed in the gym after practice, he was early to practice, and he really worked on developing his game. Myles Turner is exactly the same type of player. This kid loves to play." McMillan added that Turner is further along in his development than Aldridge was at this point and he believes he can become an All-Star, so it sounds like he has big plans for him next season.
Source: USA Today
May 20 - 12:21 PM

Myles Turner was named to the All-Rookie Second Team on Thursday.

Turner showed a ton of promise during his rookie campaign with his best month coming in February when he produced averages of 13.4 points, 6.6 boards and 1.8 blocks per game on 51.0 percent shooting. Joining Turner on the Second Team will be Justise Winslow, D'Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Larry Bird said that he expects Nate McMillan to hold all of his players accountable.

"I think [in] our practice habits; I think respecting one another little more," Bird said when asked how the Pacers can improve under McMillan. "There’s a lot that goes into it but everyone has got to be held accountable, not just one or two guys. Everyone on the team, they’re all important. You don’t have team unless you have everyone pulling together and I think the coach is the guy who sets the tone for it and you treat everyone basically the same."
May 18 - 9:52 AM

Nate McMillan and Larry Bird view Myles Turner as a center.

Although Turner spent time at power forward during his rookie season with the Pacers, it sure sounds like the plan is to keep him in the middle moving forward. As a starter at PF, Turner averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals. As a starting center, Turner averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and a steal.
May 16 - 1:26 PM

The Pacers introduced Nate McMillan as their head coach on Monday.

McMillan, who has served as an assistant with Indiana since 2013, will be taking over for Frank Vogel on a three-year contract. Although he accepts the job with plenty of experience in the role, McMillan will be under a microscope considering the circumstances of Vogel's departure.
Source: NBA.com
May 16 - 12:41 PM

The Pacers are finalizing a deal to promote assistant Nate McMillan to head coach.

It's an interesting move for the Pacers after they decided not to bring back Frank Vogel. McMillan has plenty of head-coaching experience with the Seattle Sonics in 2000-05 and the Blazers from 2005-12. He's also been an assistant with the Pacers since 2013. President Larry Bird seems to want more pace, so McMillan likely had that part of the game in his pitch to get this job. Interestingly, McMillan's teams ranked in the bottom three for pace seven times in his 12 seasons.
May 14 - 9:22 PM

Myles Turner has accepted an invitation to participate with the USA Men's Select Team this summer.

The Select Team is basically a collection of up-and-coming talent in the league, and in the past has featured names such as Kyrie Irving, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins among others. Competing against the best in the NBA during Team USA's weeklong training camp can only help Turner in his development, and after putting in averages of 11.5 points, 6.7 boards and 1.6 swats per game as a starter this past season, he'll make for a solid late-round selection on draft day.
May 11 - 10:05 AM

The Pacers have decided to decline Solomon Hill's option for the 2016-17 season.

The 25-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent and should have his fair share of suitors. "Like I told Solomon, the best thing ever happened to him was us putting a boot in his butt," team president Larry Bird said. While Hill only averaged 4.2 points in 14.7 minutes per game last season, he was able to finish the season strong and averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers in 29.1 minutes per game in April. He's not a must-draft player in standards leagues, but Hill will be a worth a late-round flier if he lands in the right situation.
May 5 - 11:31 AM

The Lakers would reportedly like to try and trade for Paul George this summer, according to sources of Bill Simmons.

If the Lakers are able to secure a top-3 selection in the 2016 draft, they would reportedly like to use that pick among other assets (likely D'Angelo Russell) to try and lure PG-13 away from Indiana. While anything is possible, it would be extremely shocking to see Larry Bird deal away a top-15 player entering his prime in order to go through a full rebuild with unproven talent.
May 4 - 2:01 PM

Ian Mahinmi said that he would like to re-sign with the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I’m hoping to stay here," Mahinmi said. "It’s a very good system. It’s a very good organization." Mahinmi had a career-year as the Pacers' starting center, compiling averages of 9.3 points, 7.1 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest. It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he can earn on the open market, but if the Pacers are unable to retain him, that would open up a ton of opportunity for Myles Turner.
May 3 - 6:02 PM

After their season ended on Sunday, Frank Vogel was effusive in his praise for Myles Turner.

"Myles Turner emerged," he said. "Myles Turner showed what he’s made of by having a great series in his first go around in the NBA playoffs, he just had a great series. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight but he played well, had dominant defensive stretches and learned to read and trust the pass. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid."
May 2 - 12:20 PM

Nate McMillan is expected to interview with the Kings now that the Pacers season has concluded, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

This confirms a previous report that the Kings had requested permission to speak with McMillan once Indy's season came to a close. Although he won't be discussed or dissected as much as some other candidates in the mix, McMillan would be a very interesting choice for a Sacramento franchise in desperate need of a coach capable of growing with the team while connecting with DeMarcus Cousins.
May 2 - 9:43 AM

Paul George admitted that he "ran out of gas a little bit" in Indiana's Game 7 loss vs. Toronto.

I definitely was winded late in the game,," he said. It's not hard to understand why after George played 81 of 82 regular season games and finished with 40-plus minutes in four of his last five playoff contests, but the good news is that PG-13 illustrated showed us he can still routinely transform into the R-rated version. George also said "the game just really slowed down" for him, something that undoubtedly eased his transition back into familiar territory. It will cost you a top 15 selection to nab George in fantasy drafts for next season.
May 2 - 9:37 AM

Myles Turner's shot wasn't falling on Sunday as he went just 2-of-11 from the field for four points during a season-ending loss in Toronto.

Turner was visibly frustrated after missing shots and he didn't fare too well on the boards either, grabbing six rebounds as his team lost the battle 49-38. Nerves may have played a role in Turner's Game 7 struggles, but his rookie season was nevertheless a triumph, as he displayed all the skills the Pacers could have asked for when drafting him No. 11 overall. "He just had a great series," coach Frank Vogel said after the game. "There's a lot of reason to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid."
May 1 - 11:05 PM


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