Player News - Pacers

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Paul George scored nine points during Team USA’s 96-66 rout of Serbia during the gold medal game on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, two boards, two assists, one turnover and three steals in 22 minutes.

"Winning this gold medal is definitely completing the story from the injury," said George. "It’s a personal achievement for me." George didn't exactly light up the boxscore, but he was a key piece to Team USA's gold medal victory, cutting the head off the Serbian attack by locking up Milos Teodosic with some excellent defense. PG-13 was a top-15 performer in standard 9-cat leagues this past season, and he'll make for a fine early second-round selection on draft day.
Aug 21 - 5:05 PM

Paul George had a productive game off the bench on Wednesday, chipping in 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes during a quarterfinals victory against Argentina.

Starting SG Klay Thompson had another quiet game with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting, but the U.S. prevailed with four players in double-digits -- George, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Kyrie Irving. DeMar DeRozan made all three of his shot attempts in eight minutes, finishing with six points and even seldom-used Harrison Barnes drained a 3-pointer in garbage time. The U.S. returns to action vs. Spain in the semifinals on Friday.
Aug 17 - 7:35 PM

Larry Bird recently heaped praise onto Paul George for getting "better and better."

"He's dedicated to his craft," Bird said. "We don't like to talk about [the injury]. I think Paul [has] it in the back of his mind and is just looking forward to playing and trying to get better. He's having fun and can't wait to see what kind of team we have this year." George should now have more help on the offensive end than he's arguably ever had prior, so while he can still be expected to be Indiana's focal point, he may see a slight reduction in production across the board as a result of an upgraded roster.
Aug 13 - 3:26 PM

Paul George said the Australian National Team "has a knack for being a little dirty."

Matthew Dellavedova obviously has no idea what PG-13 is talking about. Jokes aside, while this doesn't have any real fantasy relevance, it should add some more fuel to the fire in future matchups between the two squads.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 13 - 2:50 PM

Alex Poythress has agreed to a partially-guaranteed contract with the Pacers.

The 22-year-old Kentucky product is likely just a camp body. Poythress suffered an ACL tear back in 2014-15 and averaged 10 points per game last year. He'll likely head to Fort Wayne for most of next season.
Aug 12 - 4:16 PM

Paul George will start against Serbia on Friday.

George started in place of Klay Thompson against Australia on Wednesday and head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he'd stick with PG against Serbia on Friday. George only played 17 minutes against the Aussies, however, so there's no guarantee his new role will lead to big minutes.
Aug 11 - 1:35 PM

Paul George started in place of Klay Thompson on Wednesday, finishing a win vs. Australia with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and one block.

George was thriving in a bench role, while Thompson had been ice cold, so coach Mike Krzyzewski opted to mix up his rotation for the preliminary-round showdown with Australia. PG wound up playing a modest 17 minutes, while Thompson pitched in six points and four boards in 23 minutes off the bench, so there are no guarantees that George will start again vs. Serbia on Friday.
Aug 10 - 8:11 PM

Larry Bird expects the Pacers to increase their offensive output this season.

Bird's words are music to fantasy owners' ears. "We want a style where we can score," Bird said. "I'd like to score 105 points a game or maybe 106, but still defend the way we have." We'll have to see if Bird's wish becomes a reality, but a new Pacers offense would up the fantasy value of their entire starting lineup, especially Paul George.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 9 - 1:53 PM

Paul George scored 20 points during a 113-69 victory over Venezuela on Monday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

The USA came out extremely flat and was actually trailing towards the end of the first quarter. After the rocky first, George was dynamite and is thriving in his bench role. He also had a pretty hesitation move leading to a dunk in this game (video in link below). Even with the Pacers adding players like Thaddeus Young and Jeff Teague, PG-13 should be among the league leaders in scoring to go with some well-rounded stat lines.
Aug 8 - 8:22 PM

Glenn Robinson's deal with the Pacers is now fully guaranteed for the season.

He's due to make $1.05 million, so it's a no-brainer for the Pacers after he had a strong summer league. Robinson will have a limited role in the rotation, but he will try to fill the void left by Solomon Hill.
Aug 7 - 10:47 AM

Shayne Whittington has agreed to a deal with Obradoiro in Spain.

He was waived by the Pacers at the end of July, but it's unclear if any NBA teams expressed some interest in the 25-year-old center. He's firmly off the fantasy radar.
Source: Sportando
Aug 7 - 9:18 AM

Paul George was impressed with what Myles Turner showed with the US Select Team.

"Myles looked really good," George said. "I think the whole talk around that camp was, ‘Man, you got a good one.’ That’s coming from all the guys on the Olympic team. Everybody was just raving of how good Myles is." Turner has big goals in mind for himself for the coming season with an eye on averaging 15-20 points nightly, and he's one guy who could be worth reaching for at the appropriate time in your fantasy draft.
Aug 6 - 3:50 PM

Kemba Walker wanted the Hornets to re-sign new Pacers center Al Jefferson.

"You think about Big Al, who I wish we could have kept. He helped change this franchise around big time from the day he got here," Walker said. Charlotte may regret not doing more at the five with a three-man rotation of Cody Zeller, Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes down low, but this team will go as far as Walker, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can take it.

Paul George said that he's had some preliminary talks with Pacers management about a potential contract extension.

George added that the talks have not been "extensive," and that he's in no rush to get something done prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. PG-13 has a player option for the 2018-19 season, so Larry Bird would probably like to try and lock him up long-term before we get to that point. George put in averages of 23.1 points, 6.9 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.6 triples per game last season on 41.8 percent shooting, so he'll be worth an early-round selection on draft day. As a side note, PG-13 came away with the Comeback Player of the Year award by the NBPA.
Aug 4 - 2:38 PM

Myles Turner said that he expects to make "a big jump forward" during his sophomore season, and that he believes he can score 15-20 points a night.

"I'm looking forward to making a big jump forward next year," said Turner. "I’d like to see myself put up 15 to 20 points per game. That may seem like a long shot, but I feel like I’m very capable." Turner should see a steady increase in minutes as a starter for the Pacers' during his sophomore season, and he'll be an intriguing late-round selection in next year's drafts after averaging 10.3 points, 6.4 boards and a whopping 3.3 swats per game during Indiana's post-season run.
Aug 2 - 5:06 PM


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