Player News - Pacers

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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.
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Aug 2 - 6:42 PM

The Indiana Pacers are expected to purchase the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.

The Mad Ants are the league's lone independent affiliate, but that will no longer be the case with this news. The deal was supposed to be announced last week, but the details are still being finalized.
Aug 1 - 11:46 AM

Larry Bird issued a statement regarding the arrest of Jordan Hill on Friday for allegedly driving 107 MPH on the highway.

"We have been informed Jordan was arrested for allegedly reckless driving in Atlanta, Georgia," Bird said. "It is obvious we don't condone this. We will address this with Jordan. This is a major concern of safety, not just for Jordan, but for others." It's unclear at this point if Hill will be in any trouble with the league for the incident, but we will update this story once more details are known.
Aug 1 - 11:05 AM

Jordan Hill was arrested on Friday for reckless driving.

He was allegedly driving 107 MPH on the highway and was pulled over. The Pacers made a statement and said they will address the situation with Hill. Assuming this is only a speeding violation, Hill likely won't face a suspension to start the year. He is the favorite to start at center.
Jul 31 - 4:44 PM

Shayne Whittington believes that he will see some time at the four and five spot next season.

"Honestly, I think the one thing that really will set me apart from anybody at the four and five is if I can start guarding guards on a consistent basis," Whittington said. "If I start doing that, then, then you never know, I’ll be at the four quite a bit." Whittington has been working on his lateral quickness, and it's also clear that his jump shot has improved. It sounds like he has a legitimate shot to crack the rotation next season, but he likely won't see enough minutes to warrant attention in fantasy leagues.
Jul 31 - 10:59 AM

According to Jerry Colangelo, Paul George (calf) will be participating in Team USA's minicamp this August.

"It will be great to see him in a USA uniform," Colangelo said of George. "With as little as we are going to do, it’s going to be a great way to come back. It’s not a competitive camp. Really, it’s a show and a sign that you’re interested in USA Basketball and wanting to continue to represent your country in 2016." George suffered a brutal leg injury playing for Team USA last summer, but it will be great for his confidence if he participates in the camp. It should be noted that the camp is going to very light, but it's still a good sign that George is making good progress.
Jul 30 - 3:35 PM

Lavoy Allen said he hasn't been promised to play major minutes.

"If I come in at 290, overweight and sloppy, I'm not going to be playing major minutes," Allen added. The Pacers have one of the thinnest frontcourts in the NBA, so Allen should be in line for playing time. He'll compete with Myles Turner, Jordan Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Shanye Whittington and newly-added Rakeem Christmas.
Jul 29 - 5:55 PM

Larry Bird spoke highly about the recent addition of Glenn Robinson III to his Pacers squad.

"Glenn comes to us with a set of skills we think will blend in with our team," Bird said. "We expect him to be very good on the defensive end and he can score the ball. We look forward to seeing him improve throughout the year." Robinson will have the chance to learn from Paul George which should speed up his development, but he likely isn't ready to contribute in Indiana right away. Robinson is not on the radar in fantasy leagues.
Jul 29 - 11:49 AM

Lavoy Allen's three-year, $12 million deal with the Pacers is now official.

Allen is expected to earn minutes at both PF and C this season, as the Pacers shift to a faster-paced philosophy with smaller lineups. "I think it’s going to be a nice little battle during training camp vying for the power forward and center spot since it’s wide open right now," Allen said. "That’s one of the main reasons they brought me back was the talk about playing more uptempo." Nothing about Allen's game suggests he'll offer standard-league fantasy value this season.
Jul 28 - 7:31 PM

President Larry Bird said Lavoy Allen will play more at power forward and center next season.

The Pacers have some frontcourt depth issues and Allen projects to be in the rotation off the bat. With the team set to play Paul George at power forward more, Allen is more likely to be the center in lineups. He's not worth drafting in almost any league, though.
Jul 27 - 3:24 PM

Pacers sign C Shayne Whittington.

The deal, reported about two weeks ago, is now official. The first year of the contract is fully guaranteed, and Whittington will be looked at as a backup behind guys like Ian Mahinmi, Lavoy Allen and Myles Turner.
Jul 27 - 11:29 AM

Paul George (leg) will attend Team USA minicamp in August.

George is not expected to play as he continues to rehab and prepare for the upcoming season, but George has already been vocal about his desire to play in the 2016 Olympics, something Larry Bird supports. We fully expect him to be out there wearing USA across his chest next summer.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 8:50 AM

Glenn Robinson has reached an agreement with the Pacers to sign a three-year deal.

Robinson didn't make any noise on the 76ers last season, so there is no reason to think that he will have more than a limited role in Indiana. He averaged 11.8 points with 3.2 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks for the Hawks during summer league, but he is safe to ignore in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 25 - 12:21 PM

Pacers sign F Rakeem Christmas.

It's a four-year, $4.3 million deal for the Syracuse product, with the first two years fully guaranteed. The Cavs unloaded Christmas because he was so buried on the depth chart and needed to open up some room to make an additional trade. Christmas is an athletic four with his 6'9" frame, but he has a 7"5" wingspan. His fantasy value is much higher in Indiana and he may only need two guys to miss time to get playing time.
Jul 23 - 8:56 PM

The Pacers have acquired Rakeem Christmas from the Cavs in exchange for a 2019 second-round selection.

"We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts," said Larry Bird. "He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team." Christmas compiled averages of 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game through four Summer League games, and he'll help backup Jordan Hamilton and Paul George at the power forward slot in Indiana. He's a project, so it's unlikely he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league asset during his rookie season. His contract with the Pacers will be for four-years, at $4.5 million, with the first two years guaranteed.
Jul 23 - 5:07 PM

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