Player News - Pacers

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Joe Young will play for the Pacers during the summer league.

With a strong showing this summer, Young could earn the backup point guard role behind Jeff Teague with Ty Lawson set to become a free agent. Young averaged 3.8 points and 1.6 assists in 9.4 minutes per game as a rookie, but he could be looking at minutes in the teens next season. Young will be joined on the summer league roster by Georges Niang, Rakeem Christmas, Glenn Robinson III and Shayne Whittington.
Jun 28 - 7:30 PM

Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard said Georges Niang's IQ will make up for his lack of athleticism.

"The game is athletic, but I think he’s always gotten by and been successful because he’s super crafty," Pritchard said. "He knows how to use his body. He’s got the spin moves and he knows how to be in the right position on defense, too. We needed that." Pritchard has previously said that he believes Niang could crack the rotation during his rookie season, but that all depends on who the Pacers sign in free agency. He's not worth drafting in fantasy.
Jun 28 - 7:21 PM

The Jazz have reportedly "heavily scouted" Solomon Hill and are interested in signing him as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The feeling is reportedly mutual, although he's also been receiving interest from multiple teams around the league. With the salary cap set to spike to $94 million next season, Hill should be able to earn a deal in the $9 to $13 million range, which the Jazz could easily do as they're currently well under the cap. If Hill does wind up in Utah, he'd more than likely backup Gordon Hayward, so it wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for him in terms of fantasy hoops. The Jazz will also reportedly go after Luol Deng, but Hill is their preferred target.
Jun 28 - 3:55 PM

The Pacers traded for Jeff Teague with the intention of signing him to a long-term contract extension, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

It makes plenty of sense with Teague entering the final year of his current deal. It's unclear when negotiations may take place or what Teague could command, but Woj reports that Teague was "eager" to be moved and is "thrilled" to land with the Pacers. The veteran PG should receive the bulk of the playing time at his position, but his fantasy appeal isn't as attractive on the surface as it was during his Atlanta tenure.
Jun 27 - 9:19 AM

General manager Kevin Pritchard said he thinks Georges Niang could get in the rotation.

As always, GMs are overly optimistic on just about every player they select. That said, Niang is somewhat NBA-ready after four years in college while playing in an up-tempo style at Iowa State. Considering the Pacers really want to push the ball even with a traditionally slow-motion coach in Nate McMillan and how they might not have much depth at forward, it's not too far-fetched to think Niang gets minutes. He's not worth drafting yet, of course.
Jun 24 - 5:00 PM

The Indiana Pacers have selected Georges Niang with the No. 50 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Niang is an average athlete but he steadily improved during four years at Iowa State -- as a senior he shot 39.2 percent from downtown and 60.5 percent on 2-point attempts. Fred Hoiberg absolutely loved him while the two were together, and ESPN's Chad Ford calls Niang "one of the most skilled players in the draft." Niang averaged 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks over 35 games in his final season at Iowa State. At the very least, he should develop into a dependable and deplorable role player for the Pacers.
Jun 23 - 11:58 PM

The Nets have traded Thaddeus Young to the Pacers for the 20th pick and a future second rounder.

This is a solid move for the Nets as a team with almost no chance to make the postseason this year and a serious lack of long-term assets. Young will likely become the starting power forward next to Myles Turner. This move will also help the Pacers have more tempo with a smaller-ball lineup. He won't be involved in the offense anywhere close to what he was in Brooklyn, so his fantasy value takes a hit.
Jun 23 - 1:56 PM

Paul George has accepted an invitation to play with Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

George suffered a gruesome broken leg the last time he played for Team USA and is hoping to use these Olympics as closure from that injury. The 26-year-old had a fantastic 2015-16 season after sitting out most of 2014-15 and should be an early-round fantasy consideration in 2016-17 after averaging a career-high 23.1 points to go along with 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.6 treys last season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 10:13 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are looking to deal Thaddeus Young in order to move into the first round.

The Nets don't have any picks in the first round and moving Young would make a lot of sense as the team continues to rebuild. The 28-year-old finished 2015-16 with averages of 15.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks and will continue to be a valuable fantasy asset wherever he lands.
Jun 23 - 9:28 AM

The Hawks are sending guard Jeff Teague to the Pacers as part of a three-way deal.

Here we go. The Hawks are getting back Utah's No. 12 pick and George Hill is headed to Utah. The Pacers now get a guard who is more capable on the ball. Teague's role should be diminished next to Paul George, so his overall output won't be as attractive.
Jun 22 - 2:22 PM

Hawks GM Wes Wilcox hinted that he will try to move up in the NBA Draft.

The Hawks have three selections in Nos. 21, 44 and No. 54, but they could also include Jeff Teague in a package in order to move up even higher. "It’s always important to have multiple picks because it gives you the opportunity to explore trades that may take you higher in the draft," Wilcox said. "So, yes, it certainly provides some flexibility that we will explore on draft night." Due to the position battle at point guard, a trade would likely benefit both Teague and Dennis Schroder in fantasy.
Jun 20 - 9:39 AM

Popeye Jones is expected to remain on Nate McMillan's coaching staff.

Jones and fellow assistant Dan Burke are slated to be back with the club, while McMillan is trying to finalize a deal with an unnamed third assistant.
Jun 13 - 9:20 AM

Paul George said he's "very excited" to play for Team USA this summer.

The last time he played for Team USA in televised action, he suffered a broken leg. George said these Olympics will be "the final chapter" to close the book on his injury. He was extremely durable last season with 81 games and finishing in the top 10 for total minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 11 - 8:00 PM

Paul George said that he has been impressed by Myles Turner's work ethic this summer.

"He looks like he’s taking a real commitment to his body and toning his body up," George said. "He’s moving really well and I think this past year, that experience in the playoffs, has really sparked him and really motivated him to get better. You can tell by the way he’s working out. It makes my job [easier] and makes me happier and excited to come back to a new season." Coach Nate McMillan has compared Turner to LaMarcus Aldridge and seems to have big plans for him, so he could see a sizable bump in fantasy value next season.
Jun 11 - 12:51 PM

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said that he wants the team to play at a faster pace next season.

"We want to try to play up tempo and faster," McMillan said. "We want to try and score more points and the focus will be defensively being better. Two years ago, we were a much better defensive team. I want to get back to us defending. Getting stops should be able to create opportunities to score more." McMillan has been a fan of traditional lineups in the past and the previous teams that he coached were always near the bottom of the league in terms of pace, so he definitely has his work cut out for him.
Jun 11 - 12:47 PM


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