Player News - Pacers

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Trevor Booker announced via Twitter that he will play in China next season.

There was a report that week stating that Booker was close to agreeing to a deal with the Shanxi Brave Dragons. On Wednesday night, Booker tweeted: "Although I know I belong in the NBA, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading to China this upcoming season. The summer didn’t pan out as I hoped, but I assure you that I’ll be back on a NBA floor terrorizing people again soon enough."
Aug 9 - 9:16 AM

Myles Turner has changed his diet and is using yoga to reshape his body this offseason.

Turner admitted that previously he did not prepare the way he should have, and that it caught up to him last year. "I took a look at myself in the mirror last season, and I was pudgy," said Turner. "I was getting tired a lot faster, and a lot of that had to do with eating fast food, eating pizza the nights before games." He has cut his body fat in half this summer. Turner says he wants to be an All-Star and lead the league in blocks.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 7 - 11:29 AM

Trevor Booker is reportedly close to agreeing to a deal to play for the Shanxi Brave Dragons in China.

Booker appeared in a total of 68 games for the Nets, 76ers and Pacers last season and averaged 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He reportedly drew interest from multiple teams earlier this offseason, but could be lured overseas by the Brave Dragons, who featured former NBA players Brandon Jennings and Luis Scola last season.
Source: HoopsHype
Aug 5 - 7:48 PM

The Pacers have signed G C.J. Wilcox to a two-way contract.

Wilcox, the 28th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, last appeared in the NBA with the Orlando Magic during the 2016-17 season. He played for the Pacers summer league squad in Las Vegas last month and averaged 9.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from 3-point range. He will likely spend most of next season in the G-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 4 - 9:21 AM

Nate McMillan is reportedly finalizing a contract extension with the Pacers.

McMillan has done an admirable job in Indiana, coaching the team to a 48-win season last year, which was good enough for the No. 5 seed out East. He did an excellent job of putting Victor Oladipo in situations where he could truly showcase his skill set, and his Pacers' team took the Cavs to Game 7 in the first-round.
Aug 1 - 12:59 PM

Joseph Young is finalizing a one-year, $1.3 million contract to play in China for the Nanjing Tongxi next season.

Young, the 43rd overall pick in the 2015 draft, appeared in 53 games for the Pacers last season, averaging 3.9 points and 1.2 rebounds in 10.5 minutes.
Jul 31 - 9:52 AM

Al Jefferson is opting to play in China next season, according to NBA reporter David Aldridge.

Sportando.com reported earlier this month that Jefferson was closing in on a deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. We should have confirmation on this situation shortly.
Jul 26 - 12:21 PM

Victor Oladipo's trainer is confident his statistics will continue on an upward trend next season.

"If you thought he was explosive last year, this year he's going to be f--king scary," said Vic's trainer. "He's turning into a mini-LeBron." Oladipo really came into his own last season operating as the lead dog in Indiana with averages of 23.1 points, 5.2 boards, 4.3 dimes, 2.1 triples, 2.4 steals and 2.9 turnovers per game on his way to winning the Most Improved Player Award. He'll make for an easy first-round selection in next year's drafts.
Jul 25 - 10:43 AM

Jarrod Uthoff has reportedly reached an agreement with Zenit St. Petersburg.

Uthoff appeared in nine games for the Mavs back in 2016-17, and played for the Celtics during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League.
Jul 19 - 11:33 AM

The Pacers announced Monday they signed second-round pick Alize Johnson.

Indiana took Johnson with the 50th pick in the 2018 draft. He averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Missouri State. He appeared in five games for the Pacers Summer League squad in Las Vegas, averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 23 minutes per game. Johnson is not on the fantasy radar, as he is highly unlikely to secure a spot in the Pacers rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 17 - 10:31 AM

Elijah Stewart has agreed to a two-way deal with the Pacers.

Stewart will spend most of the 2018-19 season in the G-League.
Jul 16 - 4:40 PM

T.J. Leaf (left knee) is out for Friday against the Nets.

He suffered the injury on Wednesday and it's being called soreness. Leaf did not help himself in Vegas with some inefficiency on offense, and not doing much on the defensive end.
Jul 13 - 3:23 PM

TJ Leaf (sore left knee) and Aaron Holiday (thigh contusion) are out for Friday against the Nets.

This will end Holiday's summer league after a really solid showing, averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 boards, 6.8 assists and 2.8 steals over the four games. Holiday is not likely to start the year in the rotation, but the Pacers should feel great about selecting him at 23.
Jul 13 - 3:22 PM

T.J. Leaf sat out the second half of Wednesday's game due to left knee soreness.

Leaf finished with nine points, two assists, two steals, one block and one rebound in 13 minutes. We should have more information about his status in the next few days, but either way he's a longshot for fantasy value this season with Thaddeus Young still in town.
Jul 11 - 10:41 PM

Tyreke Evans said teams won't be able to double-team Victor Oladipo as much while he's out there.

Evans likely projects as a sixth man on the Pacers, but it's interesting to see that he thinks he can help him while he's out there. This could cut into the playing time of Bojan Bogdanovic or Darren Collison, especially if Evans stays healthy like he did for most of last season.
Jul 8 - 1:08 PM


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