Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Roy Hibbert said he texted Tim Duncan to ask him how "they go about their business" in San Antonio.

Hibbert was hoping that Duncan would share some tips about how the Spurs move the ball, but we're guessing Timmy probably told him they don't make headlines for the wrong reasons, don't fight with each other, and do whatever Gregg Popovich tells them to do. If Duncan answered the text at all.
Sep 30 - 9:54 PM

Rodney Stuckey worked with the first unit on Tuesday.

Unless coach Frank Vogel gets wild and starts C.J. Watson, Stuckey should have no problem entering the season as the starting shooting guard. Although, his style of play hasn't translated to fantasy production due to low assists, an ineffective shot from beyond the arc, low scoring efficiency, and sub-par steals. He's a low-upside, safe player to take at the end of standard drafts and is more suited for points leagues.
Sep 30 - 7:54 PM

Solomon Hill joined George Hill, Rodney Stuckey, David West and Roy Hibbert in part of Tuesday's practice.

C.J. Miles (calf) missed part of practice today, so this isn't a concrete report. However, Hill seems to be the favorite for minutes at small forward this season. He has a decent 3-point shot and made 39 percent from beyond the arc in each of his last two seasons at Arizona. If he can capitalize on his opportunity, Hill is a dark horse for production in his sophomore season and is a possible sleeper in standard formats.
Sep 30 - 7:48 PM

Chris Copeland has been moved to small forward full time.

It's a move based on the fallout of Paul George's (leg) injury. Copeland played an overwhelming amount of his playing time at power forward with the Pacers, but he has some range and his game can translate to the three. If Solomon Hill flops, Copeland could emerge as an asset in standard leagues.
Sep 30 - 7:42 PM

C.J. Miles missed some of Tuesday's practice due to a strained calf.

He suffered the injury earlier this month and coach Frank Vogel did say Miles' calf has healed. The team is just keeping his workload in check before the season starts. He'll likely come off the bench and should have a very high usage rate while he's on the court. He's a player to think about later in drafts.
Sep 30 - 7:39 PM

Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes.
Sep 30 - 1:34 PM

The Indiana Pacers are unlikely to trade Roy Hibbert, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Kyler said in a chat session that he asked his Pacers sources about trade rumors and was told that a trade is unlikely as the team views the 27-year-old as one of the best defensive centers in the game. Hibbert is coming off a disastrous finish to the 2013-14 season as he averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 39 percent shooting after the All-Star Break (as compared to 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on 46.4 percent shooting before the break). Hibbert is worth a later pick in standard fantasy leagues, but he's more comparable to Omer Asik than he is to Andre Drummond at this point.
Sep 30 - 11:33 AM

David West isn't sugarcoating the situation the Pacers are in this season after losing Lance Stephenson (Hornets) and Paul George (broken leg).

"You have to give yourself a realistic starting point," West said. "So obviously we can't be talking about competing for a championship, even being in title contention, we've just have to talk about figuring out a way to get the best lineups on the floor." If the Pacers do exceed expectations and play better than they did down the stretch last season (which is actually a pretty low bar to hurdle), George and Stephenson will likely take a lot of heat in the press for what was wrong last year. But the Pacers have a ton of work to do before we get to that bridge, or think about crossing it.
Sep 29 - 9:30 PM

Paul George said at media day that he hopes to be able to play in the playoffs for the Pacers, assuming they make it to the postseason.

"It's very possible that I can play (this season)," George said. "I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year." George was wearing shoes on both feet and not using crutches for the first time since breaking his leg a couple months ago. George can talk all he wants about getting back on the court at some time in the next seven months, but it's still unlikely to happen. And the chances of the Pacers making the playoffs don't look too great, either.
Sep 29 - 8:40 PM

Frank Vogel confirmed with media Monday that he's been in contract extension talks with the Pacers, and he feels "very good" about remaining with the organization long term.

The Pacers started off last season looking like championship contenders, and then self-destructed in an epic fashion. However, they still managed to make their way to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they eventually lost to the Heat in six games. Vogel will have his work cut out for him after losing Lance Stephenson to free agency and Paul George to catastrophic injury this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see if he how he handles coaching a team severely lacking in star power.
Sep 29 - 7:44 PM

Paul George (leg) was not wearing a walking boot at media day on Monday.

He didn't have a noticeable limp and he might be ahead of schedule. Still, the Pacers were granted the disabled player exception, so he won't be returning to the court in 2014-15. The Pacers will need multiple players to step up to help on both sides of the ball.
Sep 29 - 1:04 PM

George Hill said on Monday that he didn't do anything different this offseason.

It's mildly interesting because Lance Stephenson is in Charlotte and Paul George (leg) is out for the season. Hill may have more scoring responsibilities this year, so he will need to improve on his 42.2 percent from the field after the break. He's a risk-reward pick in the late-middle rounds.
Sep 29 - 11:42 AM

Shanye Whittington (leg) should be a full go for training camp.

He suffered a broken fibula and a torn ligament in his foot and has been cleared to work out at game speedn since August. Whittington will compete for a roster spot and has no fantasy value.
Sep 29 - 11:17 AM

Ian Mahinmi (shoulder) will miss the start of training camp.

He could miss a couple weeks of training camp due to his left shoulder injury. "We've been increasing the basketball stuff lately and the shoulder's been responding really good, really well to it," Mahinmi said. He was given a 2-3 month prognosis in August, but the team dialed it back earlier this month and called it "minor." Regardless, he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Sep 25 - 9:22 PM

Paul George has been cleared by doctors to start putting weight on his broken right leg as well as upper body lifting.

George has slowly started the process of recovery from the gruesome right leg injury he suffered during a team USA scrimmage this summer. Unfortunately for the Pacers, it seems more than likely that George will sit out the entire 2014-2015 NBA season. PG was blossoming into one of the best two-way players in the NBA, as well as a premiere fantasy hoops stud as well. Hopefully he can return to form when he is cleared to return to the court.
Sep 25 - 4:27 PM

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