Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

President Larry Bird said he expects Joseph Young to get minutes in his rookie season.

"Usually, you bring in rookies and you say nice things about them then they don't play for a couple years. But I expect both of these guys to play, play well," Bird said. He was a second round pick, so Bird is sugar-coating this a tad. That said, Young was spectacular in Orlando Summer League. Considering the Pacers have a very durable shooting guard in Monta Ellis, most fantasy owners can just throw Young on their watch list for now.
Aug 28 - 2:32 PM

Larry Bird said that he is expecting big things out of rookies Myles Turner and Joseph Young.

"(I) expect great things out of them this year," Bird said. Turner has a chance to start in the frontcourt alongside Jordan Hill and is poised for some serious minutes this season, while Young's path to minutes is a little trickier with George Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey expected to handle the ball a lot. Turner is an excellent gamble in the later rounds and he should be a nice source of boards and blocks right out of the gate.
Aug 28 - 2:30 PM

The Clippers have reportedly reached out to unrestricted free agent Chris Singleton.

The Clippers have one more roster spot to fill, and they are reportedly looking to add another big. They've also been in contact with Glen Davis and Ryan Hollins, although at this point no deal is imminent for any of the aforementioned players. Davis is likely the Clippers' preferred target, but none of these guys will have any fantasy value serving as an emergency depth kind of guy in Los Angeles.
Aug 27 - 4:02 PM

The Rookies voted Joseph Young as the biggest steal based on where he was selected in the 2015 NBA draft.

Young, the No. 43 overall selection in the 2015 draft was impressive during the Orlando Summer League, compiling averages of 22.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 three-pointers per game on 50.8 percent shooting from the field. However, he'll be joining a very crowded backcourt in Indiana featuring Monta Ellis, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles, so it'll be tough for him to earn meaningful minutes right out the gate. He’s not someone to target in standard leagues on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 10:57 AM

Myles Turner said being a starter in his rookie season is something he's "working for."

"[My rookie goals include] making sure that I have established myself and get some good playing time; I don’t have to have all the minutes, but I want to make sure I have an established role with this team and get out there and give myself a chance to prove myself," Turner said. Perhaps no player taken after the top five has more value than Turner. He is great at blocking shots, has range, and can make free throws. The No. 11 pick is already on the radar in all leagues.
Aug 17 - 8:55 PM

Shayne Whittington said if he "can guard and hit open shots, I’m going to be out there" for minutes in the upcoming season.

He also said he wants a quicker first step, thinks he can guard guards, wants to play the four and the five, and mentioned he is getting better at 3-pointers. The Pacers have some depth concerns at the PF/C spots, so there could be a chance for Whittington. He's only a target in extremely deep leagues, obviously.
Aug 14 - 2:55 PM

Shayne Whittington said the Pacers are "going to be running a lot" this season.

That's the big topic in Indiana. After all, we should be talking about the Pacers' pace, right? Last season, the Pacers' pace was 3.1 possessions per 48 minutes greater with Roy Hibbert on the bench compared to him on the floor. Plus, they should have Paul George at the four a lot. They were 19th in pace last season, so we could be looking at them getting into the top 10 as soon as this season. That means more fantasy value all around.
Aug 14 - 2:51 PM

Toney Douglas believes that he was brought to the Indiana Pacers for a reason.

"We really haven’t gotten into detail about me being here, but I know I’m here for a reason," Douglas said of signing with the Pacers. "I feel like I can bring veteran leadership on the defensive end and the offensive end. I feel like we can take our defense to another level." Douglas sounds confident that he will be a good fit with the Pacers, but he will have a tough time carving out a role in a very crowded backcourt and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Aug 14 - 10:28 AM

Pacers consultant Donnie Walsh described newly-signed G Toney Douglas as an unconventional PG who fits Indiana's new up-tempo system.

Walsh emphasized Douglas' defensive abilities and Pacers president Larry Bird has already suggested that he can play both PG and SG this season. The veteran guard will have a hard time carving out fantasy-relevant minutes, however, given that Indy's backcourt already features George Hill, Monta Ellis, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 9:37 PM

Paul George was excused from the remainder of Team USA's minicamp after meeting with coach Mike Krzyzewski on Monday night.

Coach K and team architect Jerry Colangelo feel that George's visit to Las Vegas was "ample representation," particularly since he's still recovering from a horrible leg injury suffered while playing for Team USA last summer. George is expected to be fully healthy for training camp, where he'll get his first taste of playing substantial minutes at PF in the Pacers' new up-tempo offense.
Aug 11 - 8:33 PM

Indiana Pacers sign G Toney Douglas.

Terms of the deal have not yet been announced, but Douglas will now join his fifth team in seven NBA seasons. "He’s a veteran player who’s a good pro and he can play two positions," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "He’s the type of player we’re looking for with our new style of play." Douglas has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his NBA career and can safely be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 12:37 PM

Free agent guard Toney Douglas will sign a deal with the Pacers.

Douglas just cleared waivers after being released from the Pelicans, so it clearly didn't take him long to land another deal. He is already in Indiana working out for the Pacers, so it shouldn't be too long before he puts pen to paper. Douglas will likely just be emergency depth in Indiana and isn't a lock to make the final roster, so he shouldn't be considered in fantasy leagues.
Aug 6 - 5:52 PM

Toney Douglas has officially cleared waivers and is now a free agent.

Douglas averaged 4.3 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 boards and 0.9 steals in 12 appearances with the Pelicans last season, and he should be able to get a camp invite from another NBA team. However, Douglas is not on the fantasy radar.
Aug 6 - 5:47 PM

Paul George will not participate in Team USA minicamp or in the exhibition.

He will be in attendance for the meetings and could be on Team USA for the 2016 Olympics. Obviously George may want to be out there following the horrific outcome last summer, but he justifiably should be 100 percent, which is not likely to happen until just before Pacers training camp. While the Pacers are expected to play at a faster tempo, George is still too risky to take in the top 15 picks of a standard draft.
Aug 3 - 6:11 PM

Larry Bird wants the Pacers' offense to score "about six to eight more points per game" by playing at a faster pace.

Bird has bluntly stated that he wants to speed things up and his roster moves have backed up his speech -- traditional big man Roy Hibbert was traded to the Lakers, David West opted to sign for less with the Spurs, and Indiana's marquee move in free agency was signing Monta Ellis. They have a rebuilt frontcourt featuring Jordan Hill and rookie Myles Turner, and Bird has said repeatedly that Paul George will play substantial minutes at PF. A faster pace can only be a good thing for the Pacers' fantasy values, including guys like George Hill, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
Source: You Tube
Aug 2 - 6:42 PM


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