Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

C.J. Miles (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills during Thursday's practice, and he's getting closer towards making a return.

Miles eventual return to the court shouldn't mean much to owners in standard leagues, as he's averaging just 7.7 points on 24.6 percent shooting from the field this year. Miles has also lost his starting gig to Chris Copeland, and with very limited upside, he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
Nov 20 - 4:29 PM

Pacers head coach pointed to Solomon Hll's growing maturity as a source of strength for the Pacers.

Hill had a game-winning putback for the Pacers on Wednesday, but it's his maturity and leadership that is impressing his coach. "From the time we interviewed him before the draft, it was glaring that he was a very mature guy," Vogel said. "The way he carried himself was as impressive to us as anything he did on the basketball court, so to see him show a leadership role this early is not surprising to me." While Hill's fantasy value will take a hit when David West (ankle) returns, his recent play makes him worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 20 - 11:52 AM

Solomon Hill hit a game-winning putback against the Hornets on Wednesday during a 88-86 win, finishing with six points, five rebounds and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

His minutes held tonight while Chris Copeland's dropped, so that means he's viewed as the team's leading small forward right now. Hill has come a long way from his awful preseason and he should have value at least until David West (ankle) gets back, which will hurt Hill's shot total. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Nov 20 - 12:12 AM

Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore.
Nov 20 - 12:03 AM

Donald Sloan played 31 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers.

Rodney Stuckey played shooting guard and he didn't really eat into Sloan's minutes. Sloan should still put up decent stat lines until C.J. Watson (foot) comes back and he may even play minutes in the high 20s when that happens. He should have a couple more weeks of value.
Nov 19 - 11:56 PM

Rodney Stuckey returned to the lineup on Wednesday against the Hornets, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 26 minutes.

He played mostly shooting guard and continues to turn in a high usage rate. Stuckey logged only 13.3 minutes per game, but now he's likely going to stay in the mid-20 range. Considering he doesn't usually shoot the ball well and doesn't do much outside of scoring, he's not a great player to own in standard leagues.
Nov 19 - 11:46 PM

C.J. Miles (calf) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

Miles has been terrible this season, and can't catch a break in terms of his health. Chris Copeland and Solomon Hill will continue to play big minutes for the Pacers and are both worth a look in almost all leagues. Miles can safely be ignored in all but the deepest of leagues until further notice.
Nov 19 - 11:19 AM

Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play in Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

This is excellent news for the Pacers as they have been ravaged by injuries all season long. It is unclear how many minutes Stuckey will see Wednesday, but he likely be eased into action. He will be worth a flier in deeper leagues while owners in standard leagues should keep a close eye on him. His return could spell trouble for the value of Donald Sloan and A.J. Price but that remains to be seen.
Nov 19 - 11:16 AM

Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

Owners in deep leagues should definitely consider taking a flier on him due to the lack of depth the Pacers have right now with George Hill(knee) and C.J. Watson (ankle) still recovering from injury. Stuckey can put up points in a hurry and though his minutes might be limited at first, he could play a huge role for the Pacers this season. If he does suit up, he will eat into the minutes of Donald Sloan while shattering the value of A.J. Price. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates.
Nov 19 - 10:13 AM

David West (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

This has to be frustrating for his owners, as he has yet to play this season with his nagging ankle sprain. We will continue to monitor his status and it should be noted that he still deserves to be owned in almost all leagues for his scoring and rebounding prowess. In the meantime, Luis Scola will continue to start with Lavoy Allen backing him up, but neither player is an attractive option in standard leagues.
Nov 19 - 10:00 AM

C.J. Watson (foot) will not play in Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

Watson is getting close to making his regular-season debut, but Wednesday will not be the day. Donald Sloan has been filling in admirably as the team's starting point guard with George Hill (knee) and Watson sidelined, and it's not clear if Watson would immediately challenge Sloan for the starting spot upon his return. Still, Watson would bring some much-needed offense to the Pacers, and is worth monitoring in deeper leagues. Stay tuned.
Nov 18 - 2:56 PM

David West (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

West's potential return date keeps getting pushed back, and this just really speaks to the severity of the ankle injury he sustained back in October. The Pacers haven't given much updates on West's status, but we'll be monitoring his status closely. Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen will continue to split minutes at power forward with West sidelined, but neither guy is a very attractive option in standard leagues.
Nov 18 - 2:47 PM

C.J. Miles (calf) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Miles was able to practice some on Tuesday, but it's unlikely that he'll be ready to take the court for Wednesday's game. While Miles' eventual return will cut into Solomon Hill and Chris Copeland's fantasy value a tad, we don't expect that return to happen on Wednesday.
Nov 18 - 1:29 PM

Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Stuckey has practiced for the last two days, so it's looking more and more likely that he'll suit up against the Hornets. The Pacers will likely keep his minutes in check on Wednesday, but his return to the lineup will cut into Donald Sloan and A.J. Price's fantasy value.
Nov 18 - 1:26 PM

The 76ers are interested in Arinze Onuaku.

The level of interest is not yet known, but the Sixers are are starting guys like Luc Mbah a Moute. Onuaku isn't worth picking up in very deep leagues until he's close to coming to terms with Philly.
Nov 17 - 4:07 PM


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