Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pacers are likely to receive two second-round picks for Roy Hibbert.

It was a salary dump. Unlike the Kings, the Pacers didn't have to give up a 2014 lottery pick, a first-round pick, and have to swap in two other drafts.
Jul 4 - 6:41 PM

Moments after agreeing to terms with LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs are aggressively pursuing David West with a veteran minimum offer.

Wow. It's safe to say that the Spurs are the clear winners of the free agency period so far, and they would deserve some serious credit if they are able to land West on a minimum deal. West turned down a hefty player option with the Pacers so he could play for a contender, so it will be interesting to see if he will accept a serious discount to play for the Spurs. The Cavaliers are still considered the frontrunners for West and the Wizards are also in play, so this story is far from over.
Jul 4 - 12:33 PM

According to Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke, Joseph Young (stomach) will try and practice on Sunday.

Young is reportedly dealing with an "acid reflux" issue, so he wasn't able to participate in Saturday's game vs. the Heat. Young is an electric point guard with an excelllent 3-point shot, so hopefully we will get to see him in action soon. The Pacers lost C.J. Watson in free agency and Rodney Stuckey could leave as well, so owners in deeper leagues should keep tabs on Young.
Jul 4 - 12:30 PM

Myles Turner dropped 20 points with eight boards, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes in his Orlando Summer League debut on Saturday.

Turner was phenomenal today and he showed off a smooth shooting stroke by going 8-of-11 from the field and connecting on his only 3-point attempt. Turner's stock slipped in the draft because there was some concern about his knees due to an awkward gait, and while it is way too early to say for sure, it looks like the Pacers may have snagged one of the steals of the draft. With the Roy Hibbert trade rumors swirling around, it would be wise to monitor Turner's progress closely.
Jul 4 - 11:29 AM

According to Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star, the Cavaliers have shown a "huge interest" in free agent David West.

West wants to play for a contender, so it makes sense that the Cavaliers will be an option for him. The Wizards and Spurs are said to be the frontrunners for West, and the Cavs don't exactly have a lot of cap space to work with. With Kevin Love coming back and Tristan Thompson likely to re-sign as well, a move to Cleveland would not be a good thing for West's fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 9:12 AM

Coach Frank Vogel said he's hoping Myles Turner "becomes a big-minute guy for us and a major contributor."

"Obviously with someone that young, it might be a reach," Vogel said. "The kid looks pretty good. He’s got a chance to definitely contribute for us next year and obviously the sky is the limit for what he can be." The team is also allowing Turner to shoot 3-pointers, but he's not expected to have a green light out of the gate. If he can stay healthy, Turner could be one of the steals of the draft.
Jul 3 - 3:27 PM

Unrestricted free agent Rodney Stuckey is registering interest from the Cavs and the interest is mutual.

Stuckey would be a very interesting fit. Last season, he somehow increased his 3-point shooting by 10 percent from his previous career average. The Cavs really need shooters around LeBron to space the floor, so maybe a guy like J.R. Smith is a better fit. Stuckey has interest from the Bulls, Wizards, Rockets and of course the Kings. The Cavs probably won't be signing Stuckey.
Jul 3 - 1:07 PM

The Wizards are making a hard push to sign David West.

After losing Paul Pierce, the Wizards may be able to add a couple nice spacing options with West and Jared Dudley. West is going to choose either the Wizards or Spurs and it sounds like a deal could go down today.
Jul 3 - 10:58 AM

The Spurs and Wizards are the favorites to sign unrestricted free agent David West.

This confirms a similar report from USA Today, so it would appear we're down to a two-horse race. West is expected to take a serious pay cut because he wants to win a title. He would be a backup on the Spurs -- assuming they land LaMarcus Aldridge -- and would have more fantasy value on the Wizards.
Jul 2 - 10:26 PM

The Pacers have agreed to give Lavoy Allen a multiple-year deal.

The 6'9 forward picked up plenty of time at center this year in the second unit, averaging 5.0 points, 5.1 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.2 steals last season. He fell out of the rotation down the stretch last year while the Pacers were getting healthy, though. Allen might get more run next year with David West headed out of town.
Jul 2 - 7:59 PM

The Wizards have expressed interest in restricted free agent Chris Copeland.

Copeland would provide Washington with some depth and outside shooting, but it would be tough for him to establish himself as a standard league asset with the Wizards.
Jul 2 - 4:23 PM

The Pacers have signed Monta Ellis to a four-year deal, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

We'll away final confirmation before we write this one down in pen, but it looks like Ellis will join the Pacers on a four-year deal, $44 million deal with a player option after the third year. Ellis will become a centerpiece for the Pacers alongside Paul George and will provide solid early-middle round fantasy value after averaging 18.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers a game in a crowded Mavericks offense in 2014-15. To add insult to injury for Kings fans, Ellis also reportedly turned down more money from Sacramento to sign with the Pacers.
Jul 2 - 1:18 PM

David West is hoping to join a contender and reportedly has serious interest in joining the Spurs or Warriors.

West declined his $12.2 million player option with the Pacers for 2015-16 and would likely have to sign for close to the veteran's minimum ($1.49 million) to play for the Spurs or Warriors. The 34-year-old said on Wednesday that he just wants to win, so we'll monitor his situation closely to see if he puts his money where his mouth is.
Source: USA Today
Jul 2 - 10:30 AM

The Knicks have reportedly expressed interest in FA Monta Ellis, who met with the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday.

The Pacers are engaged in serious talks with Ellis and are reportedly ready to offer him a three-year, $32 million deal, but the lack of resolution as of Thursday morning confirms that he's weighing his options. Sacramento also has interest in Ellis and they cleared cap space in a go-for-broke trade with Philly, so the Kings can't be discounted as a potential landing spot.
Jul 2 - 1:04 AM

Unrestricted free agent Rodney Stuckey is "very much a possibility" for the Wizards.

He is hoping to land on a contender and be the team's sixth man. With the Wizards losing out on Paul Pierce, they're going to need some extra help on the bench. Stuckey wouldn't be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues with the Wizards, though.
Jul 1 - 10:04 PM


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