Player News - Pacers

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Larry Bird said that he would like Paul George to spend some time at the power forward position next season.

"David [West] is our starter, but when we go smaller we'd like to see Paul maybe play some '4' and you know everybody says, 'You'll have a problem on the defensive end,' well, I don't think so," Bird said. "He can guard about anybody, and then on the other end, it's a major plus for us." It sounds like the Pacers would like to trim down West's minutes a bit next season, which will work to the benefit of George. Head coach Frank Vogel said that Pacers' medical staff are expecting George to make a full recovery, and he should be back to being a first-round selection next season.
Apr 19 - 3:02 PM

Larry Bird said that he would like to bring back Luis Scola next season.

Scola is a quality reserve in the league, but with season averages of just 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, he’s nowhere near being a standard league asset.
Apr 17 - 3:42 PM

Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel said while he didn't discuss David West's contract option with him during his exit meeting, his gut feeling is that West will opt in for next season.

West reportedly spoke about "next year" during his exit meeting, implying that he will pick up the player option on his contract worth $12.6 million for the 2015-16 season. West will be 35-years-old next year, and with his numbers steadily declining over the past three years, it's unlikely he'd command such a high salary on the open market. He ended the 2014-15 season with averages of 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.7 steals and blocks per game on 47.1 percent shooting. At this point in his career, he's more of a deep league guy.
Apr 17 - 3:14 PM

Larry Bird said that he hopes to bring back Rodney Stuckey next season.

"I think it’s important for us to get [Stuckey] back here," said Bird. "We need guys like Rodney. He was a major plus for our franchise." The disparity in the way Bird talks about Stuckey and Roy Hibbert could be viewed as insulting by Hibbert's side, and it'll be very interesting to see if Hibbert decides to pick up his player option next season for a team that has basically said they could care less if that happens. Head coach Frank Vogel said that if Stuckey does decide to return, he envisions him playing the Sixth Man role off the bench, which is fine by Stuckey.
Apr 17 - 3:05 PM

Larry Bird said he doesn't think he'll be bringing back C.J. Watson next season.

Injuries limited Watson to just 57 games, and while he's a capable backup point, he's not ever going to be the difference maker on a championship team. He finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.2 three-pointers per game. He shouldn't have a problem signing on with another team, but as nothing more than a backup point guard, he's not going to have any value in standard leagues.
Apr 17 - 1:49 PM

An MRI revealed a strained left calf for Paul George, and the injury is obviously not being considered serious.

George said he felt a pop in his calf during Wednesday's regular-season finale, but the MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis of a calf strain, which is not a serious injury. PG-13 will have the entire offseason to get things right, and all signs are pointing towards George being back at 100 percent next season. Head coach Frank Vogel implied during his exit interview that the Pacers would like to up their pace next season, playing some small ball with George at the four-spot, which is a positive sign for his fantasy value.
Apr 17 - 12:47 PM

During their exit interviews, both Larry Bird and Frank Vogel implied that if Roy Hibbert does indeed opt in and return to Indiana next season, he will see a diminished role with the franchise.

The Pacers would like to go small, and play at a faster pace, which isn't a great sign for the slow and lumbering Hibbert. Hibbert can opt in to his contract that will reward him $15.5 million next season, a number he's unlikely to command on the open market, but it sounds like after two-years of declining numbers, the Pacers are ready to start moving in a different direction. Bird even seemingly took a shot at Hibbert saying, "Well, I don’t think Lance [Stephenson] is stealing his rebounds." It'll be interesting to see what Hibbert decides to do, but reading between the lines, it seems as if the Pacers are almost daring him to opt out.
Apr 17 - 12:09 PM

Paul George (calf) is unsure if he'll undergo an MRI on his left calf after leaving Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

While George will now wait to determine the extent of his injury, the silver lining is that it did not involve his surgically-repaired right knee. "Just came off a screen and felt a pop, but they looked at it and it's nothing more than just a calf strain," George said, slowly. "It wasn't a knee injury but it's tough, you work so hard in rehab and have something else pop up. The good thing is, I know we've got a long summer and a lot to look forward to." We'll keep an eye on updates for George, but it sounds like he may have a bit of recovery ahead of him.
Apr 16 - 9:42 AM

C.J. Miles scored a team-high 26 points against the Grizzlies during a 95-83 loss on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

The Pacers just missed the postseason due to a lost tiebreaker and they're going to have to flip a coin with the Jazz for the 11 and 12 spots in the lottery. As for Miles, he had a Stephen Curry-like shooting performance to finish his season in the final four games, averaging 26.3 points, 6.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 5.0 treys.
Apr 16 - 12:59 AM

George Hill scored 20 points with five rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

He had a really costly turnover tonight that led to a big Memphis bucket which may have been the dagger. Hill was one of the best players after the break, averaging 17.2 points, 4.6 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.6 treys in 28 games. He'll be a late-mid round target next season.
Apr 16 - 12:49 AM

David West played 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with four points, four boards, one assist and one block.

He suffered a minor injury tonight, but was able to return. West did not have a strong finish to his season, averaging just 11.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 steals in 27 minutes during his previous April games.
Apr 16 - 12:46 AM

Paul George said that he felt a pop in his left calf when he was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies, but he said that he will be fine and that he is dealing with a calf strain.

The Pacers were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday, so George will have ample time to recover. He didn't have an opportunity to play a lot of minutes since returning from an eight-month absence, but he should feel confident leading into next season and we will have plenty of updates on him over the summer.
Apr 16 - 12:26 AM

Paul George (sore left calf) left Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies and will not return.

First things first, it's not the same leg that he fractured over eight months ago, but he was in some pain and had to be carried to the locker room by his teammates. We will update his status when we know more, but it's not uncommon for players to deal with soreness after such a long time on the shelf. The Pacers have been eliminated from playoff contention, but George can feel confident heading into next season after showing some encouraging signs since returning from an eight-month absence.
Apr 15 - 11:35 PM

C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

He's had elbow trouble for a long time and it will likely affect him in the playoffs, assuming the Pacers make it. With Watson out, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles are stepping up next to Paul George.
Apr 15 - 2:54 PM

Paul George had 10 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes on Tuesday, as he remains on a "soft" minute-limit.

This was George's highest playing time since returning five games ago. The Pacers' victory on Tuesday gives them a much better chance to eke into the playoffs -- they'll need to defeat the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday or have the Nets lose at home vs. the Magic, because Brooklyn owns the tie-breaker. It's anyone's guess how much PG will have in the tank and how hard the Pacers will push him in a back-to-back scenario.
Apr 15 - 12:10 AM


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