Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

President Larry Bird said Lavoy Allen will play more at power forward and center next season.

The Pacers have some frontcourt depth issues and Allen projects to be in the rotation off the bat. With the team set to play Paul George at power forward more, Allen is more likely to be the center in lineups. He's not worth drafting in almost any league, though.
Jul 27 - 3:24 PM

Pacers sign C Shayne Whittington.

The deal, reported about two weeks ago, is now official. The first year of the contract is fully guaranteed, and Whittington will be looked at as a backup behind guys like Ian Mahinmi, Lavoy Allen and Myles Turner.
Jul 27 - 11:29 AM

Paul George (leg) will attend Team USA minicamp in August.

George is not expected to play as he continues to rehab and prepare for the upcoming season, but George has already been vocal about his desire to play in the 2016 Olympics, something Larry Bird supports. We fully expect him to be out there wearing USA across his chest next summer.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 8:50 AM

Glenn Robinson has reached an agreement with the Pacers to sign a three-year deal.

Robinson didn't make any noise on the 76ers last season, so there is no reason to think that he will have more than a limited role in Indiana. He averaged 11.8 points with 3.2 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks for the Hawks during summer league, but he is safe to ignore in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 25 - 12:21 PM

Pacers sign F Rakeem Christmas.

It's a four-year, $4.3 million deal for the Syracuse product, with the first two years fully guaranteed. The Cavs unloaded Christmas because he was so buried on the depth chart and needed to open up some room to make an additional trade. Christmas is an athletic four with his 6'9" frame, but he has a 7"5" wingspan. His fantasy value is much higher in Indiana and he may only need two guys to miss time to get playing time.
Jul 23 - 8:56 PM

The Pacers have acquired Rakeem Christmas from the Cavs in exchange for a 2019 second-round selection.

"We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts," said Larry Bird. "He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team." Christmas compiled averages of 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game through four Summer League games, and he'll help backup Jordan Hamilton and Paul George at the power forward slot in Indiana. He's a project, so it's unlikely he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league asset during his rookie season. His contract with the Pacers will be for four-years, at $4.5 million, with the first two years guaranteed.
Jul 23 - 5:07 PM

The Pacers officially re-signed Rodney Stuckey to a three-year, $21 million deal on Tuesday.

Stuckey said he still envisions himself coming off the bench for the Pacers, as he's "most comfortable" playing in a sixth man role. His fantasy outlook isn't great with Paul George set to return from an injury that sidelined him for the majority of the 2014-15 season, and Monta Ellis now on the roster. At best, Stuckey isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues for owners seeking some scoring and a free throw percentage booster.
Jul 21 - 4:05 PM

Monta Ellis completed the paperwork on his four-year, $44 million contract.

There was a minor error with Ellis' contract due to how it affected the cap. The Pacers were able to rectify the issue and get it straightened out last week. Monta should have the ball in his hands a lot with George Hill acting more like a shooting guard.
Jul 20 - 5:03 PM

According to Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, rookies Rakeem Christmas and Sir'Dominic Pointer may not make the final roster.

"We're in a really unique situation roster-spot wise, where both of them could be effected by that," Griffin said. "What we need are guys that can compete in championship caliber games. We ended up in a situation where we ran out of bodies in the Finals and guys that were ready to play significant minutes. And we're going to need to have as complete of a roster as we possibly can." The rookies will be buried on the bench in Cleveland anyways like Joe Harris was last season, so they won't be options in fantasy leagues if they do make the final roster.
Jul 19 - 11:36 AM

The NBA has temporarily disallowed Monta Ellis's contract with the Pacers, but he's still fully expected to return to the team.

The cap numbers didn't match up and this happened with Kenneth Faried's contract in Denver, so there is absolutely no reason to worry about Monta's status for the year. He'll be starting at shooting guard and should have the ball in his hands a lot. One more time to be clear, Monta is with the Pacers and this is only a formality.
Jul 17 - 3:06 PM

Paul George told fans in China that his goal is to be the MVP of the league.

It's good to see that George is feeling confident heading into the season and he should have more than enough time to be 100 percent before training camp starts. He is going to see a lot of time at the power forward slot this season, and he could see a boost in his rebounding numbers as a result. If George looks good during the preseason, there's no reason why he shouldn't reestablish himself as an elite asset in fantasy leagues.
Jul 17 - 12:05 PM

Jordan Hill took a bit of a shot at Kobe Bryant when asked what it was like to be a Laker.

Speaking with reporters in Indiana, Hill was asked what it was like to be a Laker and had a very succinct answer. "All you hear is Kobe’s mouth," the new Pacer said. While this will make for an interest sub-plot when the Pacers play the Lakers, Hill will be an interesting late-round target in fantasy drafts as he should see plenty of minutes if he's able to secure a starting role for Indiana.
Jul 16 - 1:38 PM

Jordan Hill officially signed his one-year, $5 million deal with the Pacers on Tuesday.

Hill could be the starting power forward for the Pacers, and then slide over to the center spot when Paul George moves to the power forward position. Larry Bird has said that George will spend a lot of time at power forward, and that Myles Turner will be playing a lot of minutes, so it sounds like Hill will see close to last season's averages of 26.8 minutes per game. Hill was in an ideal situation with the tanking Lakers last season, and still only managed to chip in late-round value, so he's not a very exciting guy to target on draft day.
Jul 14 - 6:56 PM

Larry Bird implied that Paul George will play major minutes at the power forward position next season whether he likes it or not.

"He don’t make the decisions around here," Bird said, responding to George saying he might play a couple minutes at the power forward slot. "I did it, I loved it after I did it, we’ll see how he feels about it. I just think offensively it’s going to be one of the greatest feelings he’s ever going to have. He’s going to find out it’s much easier [than small forward], but obviously he’s going to have to guard bigger and stronger players. I’m not going to get into a battle with Paul George about where he wants to play."
Jul 14 - 6:26 PM

Larry Bird said that Myles Turner is "better" than he initially thought he was, and that he will play "a lot of minutes" for the Pacers next season.

"Myles is a little bit better than I thought he was," said Bird. "He’s got a talent that we don’t have here. He’s going to play a lot of minutes." It sounds like despite the arrival of Jordan Hill, Turner will be the starting center on opening night, and he's been tearing up Summer League. Through three Summer League games, Turner put in averages of 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and a whopping 4.3 blocks per game. Those numbers will obviously dip when Turner is going up against the big boys in the NBA, but given his opportunity, he'll certainly be worth a late-round selection on draft day.
Jul 14 - 3:48 PM

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