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The Pacers have decided to decline Solomon Hill's option for the 2016-17 season.

The 25-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent and should have his fair share of suitors. "Like I told Solomon, the best thing ever happened to him was us putting a boot in his butt," team president Larry Bird said. While Hill only averaged 4.2 points in 14.7 minutes per game last season, he was able to finish the season strong and averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers in 29.1 minutes per game in April. He's not a must-draft player in standards leagues, but Hill will be a worth a late-round flier if he lands in the right situation.
May 5 - 11:31 AM

The Pacers have decided not to bring back Frank Vogel as the team's head coach.

Pacers president Larry Bird wants more offense from his squad and has decided to move on from Vogel. While Vogel will have interest around the league, Bird said he doesn't have a candidate in mind and will conduct a wide search for Vogel's replacement.
May 5 - 11:11 AM

Frank Vogel could be interested in the Knicks vacant head coach position if he is fired by the Pacers, according to sources close to Vogel.

There have been rumors that Vogel could be fired as soon as Friday, so we could see him mentioned in the Knicks head coaching search soon. Interim coach Kurt Rambis is also in the mix for the Knicks, but Vogel could move to the front of the line if the Pacers send him packing.
May 5 - 9:28 AM

Danny Granger expects his former coach Frank Vogel to be fired on Thursday.

This story keeps picking up steam. President Larry Bird seems determined to put in a better offensive system, but are the Pacers really capable of hiring someone better than Vogel? The Pacers would be one of the better job openings out there with Paul George and an improving Myles Turner.
May 4 - 2:16 PM

The Lakers would reportedly like to try and trade for Paul George this summer, according to sources of Bill Simmons.

If the Lakers are able to secure a top-3 selection in the 2016 draft, they would reportedly like to use that pick among other assets (likely D'Angelo Russell) to try and lure PG-13 away from Indiana. While anything is possible, it would be extremely shocking to see Larry Bird deal away a top-15 player entering his prime in order to go through a full rebuild with unproven talent.
May 4 - 2:01 PM

Larry Bird has yet to inform Frank Vogel of his future with the Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Bird has scheduled his end-of-season press conference for Thursday, so we can expect to get more clarity on the coaching situation in Indiana at that point. Bird has made it known that he'd like the Pacers to score at a higher pace, and he reportedly was not happy when Vogel moved back to a traditional two-big lineup during the regular season. Through six seasons at the helm in Indiana, Vogel compiled a record of 250-181, so he won't have any trouble landing his next gig if Bird decides to let him go.
May 4 - 11:49 AM

Ian Mahinmi said that he would like to re-sign with the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I’m hoping to stay here," Mahinmi said. "It’s a very good system. It’s a very good organization." Mahinmi had a career-year as the Pacers' starting center, compiling averages of 9.3 points, 7.1 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest. It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he can earn on the open market, but if the Pacers are unable to retain him, that would open up a ton of opportunity for Myles Turner.
May 3 - 6:02 PM

Pacers president Larry Bird said he's not sure if the Pacers will bring back coach Frank Vogel.

"We need to score more points," Bird said. "If Frank comes back, what can we do to get better offense? It’s on all of us." Bird added he should have a decision in the next week. Bird also saying he doesn't want to leave Vogel hanging probably indicates he might be gone..
May 2 - 6:40 PM

After their season ended on Sunday, Frank Vogel was effusive in his praise for Myles Turner.

"Myles Turner emerged," he said. "Myles Turner showed what he’s made of by having a great series in his first go around in the NBA playoffs, he just had a great series. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight but he played well, had dominant defensive stretches and learned to read and trust the pass. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid."
May 2 - 12:20 PM

Nate McMillan is expected to interview with the Kings now that the Pacers season has concluded, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

This confirms a previous report that the Kings had requested permission to speak with McMillan once Indy's season came to a close. Although he won't be discussed or dissected as much as some other candidates in the mix, McMillan would be a very interesting choice for a Sacramento franchise in desperate need of a coach capable of growing with the team while connecting with DeMarcus Cousins.
May 2 - 9:43 AM

Paul George admitted that he "ran out of gas a little bit" in Indiana's Game 7 loss vs. Toronto.

I definitely was winded late in the game,," he said. It's not hard to understand why after George played 81 of 82 regular season games and finished with 40-plus minutes in four of his last five playoff contests, but the good news is that PG-13 illustrated showed us he can still routinely transform into the R-rated version. George also said "the game just really slowed down" for him, something that undoubtedly eased his transition back into familiar territory. It will cost you a top 15 selection to nab George in fantasy drafts for next season.
May 2 - 9:37 AM

Frank Vogel and the Pacers have had "no discussion of a contract extension," sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Although this doesn't outright mean that the Pacers will move on from their head coach, the door is at least cracked ajar for the scenario to play out. If Vogel hits the open market, he'll immediately be one of the more desired candidates for any remaining openings. It's a situation to watch with Indiana's season now over and the Pacers needing to quickly shift into offseason mode. Stay tuned.
May 2 - 8:49 AM

Myles Turner's shot wasn't falling on Sunday as he went just 2-of-11 from the field for four points during a season-ending loss in Toronto.

Turner was visibly frustrated after missing shots and he didn't fare too well on the boards either, grabbing six rebounds as his team lost the battle 49-38. Nerves may have played a role in Turner's Game 7 struggles, but his rookie season was nevertheless a triumph, as he displayed all the skills the Pacers could have asked for when drafting him No. 11 overall. "He just had a great series," coach Frank Vogel said after the game. "There's a lot of reason to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid."
May 1 - 11:05 PM

Paul George finished the Pacers' tense 89-84 defeat in Game 7 on Sunday with 26 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, four 3-pointers, three steals and one assist.

George got off to a torrid start, including a 360 dunk in the first quarter, but Toronto zeroed in on him defensively (forcing seven turnovers) and his singular brilliance wasn't enough tonight. It was nevertheless a tremendous year for PG-13, who bounced back from a lost season to average 23.1 points, 2.6 threes, 7.0 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals while playing in 81 games during the 2015-16 regular season.
May 1 - 11:05 PM

George Hill made 8-of-11 shots on Sunday to finish with 19 points and three 3-pointers, but he added just one rebound and two assists during the Pacers' Game 7 defeat in Toronto.

"For this basketball team to succeed, we need to run," Frank Vogel said before the game. "Forcing turnovers is a part of that." Indiana wound up with only eight points in transition, while committing five more turnovers than Toronto. They used a 15-2 surge to come within three points late in the fourth quarter, but ultimately it wasn't enough for Hill and co. to advance past the first round.
May 1 - 11:03 PM


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