Player News - Pacers

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The Atlanta Hawks offered four first-round picks in exchange for Paul George at the trade deadline in February, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

We don't have any details as to which players were involved to make the salaries match, or what type of protections were on the picks, but it was obviously a significant offer. The Pacers remain in a bind with regards to George. They would obviously prefer to keep their franchise cornerstone long term, but run the risk of losing him for nothing if he signs elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent in July of 2018. It will be one of the more interesting subplots to follow over the next few months and into next season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 10:39 AM

Paul George did not make an All-NBA team on Thursday.

This is bad news for the Pacers. If George did earn the All-NBA distinction, the Pacers could've tried to sign him to a super-max deal worth $207 million over five years. Now, the Pacers won't have much of an edge to bring him back compared to the other teams. This news makes it even more likely George is gone next summer, so the Pacers may also be dropping their asking price in a trade.
May 18 - 4:04 PM

Paul George finds out if he's eligible for the designated player exception on Thursday night.

In order to qualify for the exception, George must be selected to the first, second or third All-NBA teams. If George is selected to one of the teams, he will be eligible to receive a five-year deal from the Pacers worth around $210 million compared to $180 million if he doesn't. The rumors about George's future have been heating up and the Lakers are said to be a serious threat to pry him away from Indiana, but other teams can only offer George a four-year deal for around $133 million unless they acquire him in a trade.
Source: USA Today
May 18 - 11:03 AM

Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard implied that Lance Stephenson will have an increased role in Indiana next season.

"Lance’s energy, and having two unique athletic wings in this business is a luxury, and I think we can build on that," said Pritchard. "As he gets more healthy, as he gets better in shape, we’re going to ask more of him." Stephenson came off the bench when he was signed late in the year, but Nate McMillan hinted he'll consider starting him next season. Born Ready put in averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 boards, 4.6 assists and 1.1 triples per game during his last season in Indiana three years ago, so he might be someone to consider spending a late-round pick on.
May 2 - 4:47 PM

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Larry Bird is stepping down as the Pacers president of basketball operations.

Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations in Indiana. Woj says that "Bird is expected to continue on as a consultant, working with Pritchard and the Pacers front office." It will be interesting to see if this has any impact on Paul George's future with the Pacers.
Apr 28 - 12:42 PM

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he's "open" to the idea of Lance Stephenson starting at shooting guard next season.

Stephenson may have saved his career after his move back to the Pacers, and after a solid finish to the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs with averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.9 percent shooting. "We really needed that boost, that energy, that kind of passion," McMillan said. Still only 26 years old, Stephenson has an excellent chance to hit the ground running in 2017-18.
Apr 27 - 11:51 AM

C.J. Miles is unsure if he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.

Miles has a player option worth $4.8 million for the 2017-18 season. "I haven’t made a decision yet, but I’ll sit down with my agent in the next couple of days," Miles said after the Pacers were eliminated by the Cavs on Sunday. "If it does happen [opting out], it’s not solely because I’m trying to get out of here. It’s a business decision." With the salary cap rising this summer, Miles will be able to make more than $5 million on the open market. Thus, it's safe to assume he will opt out.
Apr 25 - 10:14 AM

The Sporting News is reporting that Paul George has told former teammates that his long-term intention is to play for the Lakers.

George was born and raised in southern California and rumors continue to surface that he wants to return there and play for the Lakers. The Pacers will have to make a difficult decision this summer: If George is unwilling to sign a long-term extension with Indiana, do they trade him for a package of coveted assets, or play out next season and take the chance he leaves via free agency in July of 2018?
Apr 25 - 10:05 AM

Jeff Teague said he would like to re-sign with the Pacers this summer.

The 28-year-old PG will be an unrestricted free agent and should be able to command a nice raise. "I love Indiana," Teague said. "You all know me, born and raised, tattoos on my arm. I’ve wanted to play for the Pacers my whole life. It’s a great opportunity for me and I love to be here." Sticking around in Indiana would be great for his fantasy value, as he was a top-45 standard league asset with averages of 15.3 points, 7.8 assists, 1.1 triples, 1.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers per game on 44.2 percent shooting this season.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 24 - 10:40 AM

Lance Stephenson got hot from beyond the arc during Sunday's Game 4 loss, tallying 22 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench.

Stephenson was solid through this first-round series, pumping out averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.8 triples and just 1.0 turnover per game on 50.9 percent shooting. He’ll look to resurrect his career with the Pacers next season, and he might be someone to consider taking with a late-round flier in next year’s drafts.
Apr 23 - 4:00 PM

Myles Turner went 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the stripe during Sunday's Game 4 loss to Cleveland, on his way to 20 points, nine boards, one steal and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

Turner was incredibly efficient in this one, and he didn’t even miss a shot until mid-way through the third quarter, but ultimately, it was not enough for Indiana. He took a major jump during his sophomore season, compiling averages of 14.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.3 dimes, 0.5 triples, 2.1 swats and 1.3 turnovers per contest on 50.3 percent shooting from the field and 80.7 percent from the charity stripe which was good enough for top-25 value on the year. He should just continue to get better during Year-3 and will make for a fine early-round selection on draft day.
Apr 23 - 3:54 PM

Paul George struggled with his shot during Sunday's 106-102 Game 4 loss to the Cavs, going 5-of-21 from the field on his way to 15 points, seven boards, six assists, three triples, three steals, one block and four turnovers in 44 minutes.

George couldn’t buy a bucket through the first half of action, going just 2-of-10 from the field, and it never really got much better after that. While George will end his 2016-17 campaign on a sour note, he did have a solid series overall, and was absolutely incredible after the All-Star break when he willed Indiana into the postseason with averages of 27.0 points, 3.4 triples, 7.6 boards, 3.9 dimes, 1.6 steals and 3.0 turnovers per contest on 48.3 percent shooting. He’ll be worth an early-round selection in next year’s drafts.
Apr 23 - 3:52 PM

Monta Ellis was a no-show in his six minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 4 loss, going 0-of-2 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line on his way to one point, one board and one turnover.

Ellis posted some of his worst numbers since his rookie year this season, with averages of just 8.5 points, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 turnovers per game on 44.3 percent shooting, which had him ranking well outside the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues. The 31-year-old’s numbers have been trending in the wrong direction for three years now, so he’s not going to be worth drafting in most leagues next season.
Apr 23 - 3:49 PM

C.J. Miles scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one block through 25 minutes as a starter.

Miles had an up-and-down year, but his 2.2 triples per game had him flirting with late-round value on the season. Still, he won’t be worth much more than a last-round flier in deep leagues for those seeking a 3-point specialist in next year’s drafts.
Apr 23 - 3:48 PM

Jeff Teague double-doubled during the Pacers' Game 4 loss to the Cavs, recording 15 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, two steals, three blocks and three turnovers in 39 minutes.

Teague put himself in a position to take home a pretty nice payday this offseason as an unrestricted free agent after compiling averages of 15.3 points, 7.8 assists, 1.1 triples, 1.2 steals and just 2.6 turnovers per contest on 44.2 percent shooting during his first season in Indiana. It’ll be interesting to see where he winds up, but if he opts to re-sign with the Pacers, he’ll make for a safe mid-round pick in next year’s drafts.
Apr 23 - 3:43 PM


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