Player News - Pacers

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The Pacers have reportedly signed Lance Stephenson to a three-year deal worth $12 million.

First off, wow. On the open market this season, Stephenson was only able to snag a non-guaranteed deal for $1.2 million from New Orleans, and a few 10-day contracts from Minnesota, so there really wasn't much reason for Bird to throw this sort of money at Born Ready. The first two years of this contract will reportedly be fully guaranteed with Year-3 being a team option. Stephenson put up career numbers the last time he was in Indy, but with how awful he's been over the past three years, fantasy GMs in most settings can use a wait-and-see approach.
Mar 29 - 12:58 PM

The Pacers are reportedly working on a deal to bring back Lance Stephenson.

Indiana opened up a roster spot by waiving Rodney Stuckey on Wednesday, so it appears that three years after Born Ready declined a five-year, $44 million deal from the Pacers, Larry Bird will be able to get him on the books for the veteran's minimum. While Stephenson did have a nice season the last time he put on a Pacers' jersey in 2013, he's been dreadful for the past three years, so this is wait-and-see territory just about everywhere.
Mar 29 - 12:28 PM

The Pacers will reportedly waive Rodney Stuckey (knee) on Wednesday.

Stuckey will be injured throughout the postseason, and the Pacers need healthy bodies for a playoff run, so Stuckey gets the ax after only managing to suit up for 39 games for the Pacers this season. Additionally, with Indiana getting him off the books prior to April 10, Stuckey will no longer have a player option of $7 million for next season, so he'll need to find his next contract via free agency.
Mar 29 - 10:42 AM

Monta Ellis started again for the Pacers and hit 8-of-11 shots to tie his season high of 19 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in Tuesday's 115-114 loss to the Timberwolves.

He's played very well in three straight games and might be the starting shooting guard going forward. He's scored in double digits in three straight games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 3-pointers over his last three games. He's hit 19-of-31 shots over that stretch, good for 61 percent, and might be worth picking up if you are looking for a shooting guard right now. He displaced C.J. Miles in the starting unit two games ago and while the Pacers lost tonight, the move could stick.
Mar 28 - 10:36 PM

Jeff Teague hit 6-of-12 shots and 8-of-9 free throws for 20 points, 10 assists and a steal in Tuesday's 115-114 loss to Minnesota.

Teague didn't hit a 3-pointer or block a shot, but no one is going to complain about this line. The Pacers are in a playoff dogfight right now and Teague is averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 2.2 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. He's going to play every night and should be started with confidence the rest of the way.
Mar 28 - 10:30 PM

Paul George racked up 37 points, seven boards, two assists, four steals and four 3-pointers on 12-of-21 shooting in Tuesday's tough one-point loss to the Wolves.

This was his fifth 30-point game in March and he's pretty much been killing it ever since the All-Star break. He's a no-brainer start the rest of the way and looked great against the Wolves, despite his team losing in the end.
Mar 28 - 10:28 PM

Thaddeus Young had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal on 7-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's tough 115-114 loss to Minnesota.

Young played for the Wolves for a cup of coffee in 2014, so maybe he had some revenge in mind. He's been pretty awful, scoring no more than eight points in any of his previous four games, and this was just his second double-digit scoring night over his last eight. Maybe this is a sign he's about to finally get hot, but we'll need to see it a few more times before actually getting excited.
Mar 28 - 10:23 PM

Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) will miss at least the next 2 weeks of action for Indiana.

If Jefferson is able to meet the 2-week timetable, there's a chance he could get back to the court for Indiana's final regular season game, but there are no guarantees that will happen. Jefferson was only averaging 11 minutes a game through the month of March, so his absence won't have any real impact in fantasy hoops. Kevin Seraphin and Rakeem Christmas may play more, but that doesn't mean much.
Mar 28 - 5:06 PM

Rodney Stuckey (left patellar tendon strain) is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Stuckey sustained the injury in Sunday night’s victory over Philadelphia. With less than three weeks left in the regular season, we have seen the last of Stuckey. He should be on waivers in all fantasy leagues. 2016-17 was a frustrating and injury-filled campaign Stuckey. He'll finish the season having appeared in just 39 games. Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles will see additional minutes with Stuckey on the shelf.
Mar 28 - 5:06 PM

Rodney Stuckey (knee) is officially being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.

Stuckey left Sunday's game with a sore knee, but we should have a better idea on his status for Tuesday night once the results of his MRI are made public. If Stuckey can't give it a go on Tuesday, Monta Ellis and Aaron Brooks would have the opportunity for some extra minutes.
Mar 27 - 4:34 PM

Al Jefferson (left ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota.

Nate McMillan said that at the very least he's expecting Jefferson to spend a couple days on the sidelines, and considering Jefferson was recently spotted on crutches and in a walking boot, we'd considered him doubtful for Wednesday's game in Memphis as well. Lavoy Allen and Kevin Seraphin will likely pick up most of Jefferson's minutes, but that really doesn't mean much at all in fantasy hoops.
Mar 27 - 4:31 PM

Al Jefferson (ankle) is expected to miss at least a few days according to coach Nate McMillan.

This means it's safe to rule him out for Tuesday's game vs. the Wolves. X-rays came back negative after he sprained his left ankle on Sunday, but Big Al woke up on Monday morning with a lot of swelling. He's also still on crutches and in a walking boot. In his absence, Lavoy Allen, Kevin Seraphin and Rakeem Christmas are all candidates for more minutes, but there are no fantasy pickups here.
Mar 27 - 12:44 PM

Rodney Stuckey's (knee) status for Tuesday's game vs. the Wolves is up in the air.

He left Sunday's game against the 76ers due to a sore left knee and wasn't able to return. "We haven’t taken X-rays yet," McMillan said on Sunday night. "He was walking a little better coming off the floor. I’m sure [the training staff] will give me an update tomorrow." Stuckey will undergo an MRI on Monday afternoon, and if he misses time, both Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles could see a bump in minutes.
Mar 27 - 11:56 AM

Paul George said he wants Myles Turner to keep dominating on the glass.

"That’s the Myles that we need," George said after Turner pulled down 16 rebounds to go with 17 points, two blocks, one assist and one steal vs. the 76ers on Sunday. "At his position, with us playing small, he’s got to do that. He’s got to rebound the ball. He had that mindset and that motor to go get every rebound. That’s how he should approach every game." Turner is averaging 7.2 rebounds on the season, but he's still returning second-round value in standard leagues because of his 2.1 blocks per game and his excellent shooting percentages -- he's hitting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line.
Mar 27 - 10:31 AM

X-rays were negative on Al Jefferson's sprained left ankle, and he was in good spirits after Sunday's game.

"Everything seemed normal so it's just an ankle sprain," Jefferson said. He was in a great deal of pain after the injury and left the court in a wheelchair, however, and the veteran center could easily miss extended time here. If he does get some DNPs, that would open up a few extra minutes for Lavoy Allen, Kevin Seraphin and Rakeem Christmas.
Mar 26 - 9:23 PM


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