Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pacers signed Adonis Thomas to a non-guaranteed deal on Friday.

It's a training camp deal for Thomas, who was with the 76ers to close out the 2013-14 season. Thomas also was with the Magic on a 10-day deal, but he only played 6.2 minutes per game in six outings last season. Even with the Pacers need for wings, Thomas will still need to be terrific to make the team.
Aug 22 - 9:36 AM

Solomon Hill will change his jersey number from No. 9 to No. 44.

It's the same number he wore at the University of Arizona. Hill's playing time is on the rise due to the Pacers losing their two best players in the offseason, so he has a very good chance to play 20 minutes per night. He can shoot from distance and is capable of producing other stats, so he's on the radar as a sleeper pick.
Aug 16 - 10:04 AM

Paul George explained why he made the switch to No. 13 in a recent interview.

"The whole theme behind PG-13 is just coming into my own," said George. "I feel like I’m at that stage where I’m ready to embrace everything that comes with being one of the young stars in this league. Everyone knows PG-13 is related to television, so the whole thing is being able to enjoy the show and being fun to watch."
Aug 15 - 5:35 PM

Paul George addressed the media for the first time since suffering his gruesome leg injury, and said he currently has "no date or time frame" on his recovery timeline.

George admitted that the injury could take a full year to recover, and while he's hopeful he can return to the court this season, he understands that sitting out for a year is a legitimate possibility. George also said that the criticism USA Basketball has received has been "unfair" as it was "a freak accident." Overall, George had a positive tone, stating that the injury is: "something that I think I can overcome... a bump in a road. Something that will make me stronger going forward." We're hoping for a full, and speedy recovery to PG-13, but he's unlikely to suit up for the upcoming season, and should not be targeted in redraft leagues.
Aug 15 - 3:01 PM

Team USA will wear patches on their exhibition game jerseys in honor of injured teammate Paul George.

The team is not allowed to wear them during the World Cup due to FIBA restrictions. George fractured his leg in a team USA scrimmage and is expected to miss the entire 2014-2015 season. He was a true fantasy stud last season and fans can only hope he returns to form when healthy.
Aug 14 - 3:50 PM

Paul George (fractured leg) bought the remaining No. 24 jerseys and donated them to his old high school in Palmdale, California.

Even though George beat the NBA deadline that required him to buy the remaining No. 24 jerseys, he decided to do so in order to support his old high school. The 24-year-old is expected to miss the entire 2014-15 season after breaking his leg during a Team USA exhibition game, so fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to leave him off their draft boards this fall.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 14 - 11:52 AM

The Pacers have been awarded a disabled player exception worth more than $5 million, the result of Paul George's devastating leg injury.

Indiana still isn't expected to offer more than $1.6 million to any player, including Shawn Marion, since they're unwilling to enter the luxury tax. The receipt of the disabled player exception does not guarantee that George's season is over, but the Pacers don't expect him to play in 2014-15. According to the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the exception means that doctors found it "substantially more likely than not" that George won't play through June 15 of next year.
Aug 13 - 1:29 PM

Shayne Whittington (leg) said he's been cleared to workout at game speed.

He broke his fibula and tore a ligament in his left foot and required 13 weeks of rest and rehab. Whittington will be at the Pacers' training camp in October and compete for a spot as a power forward. Despite the lack of depth, Whittington isn't a great bet to make the team.
Aug 12 - 9:14 PM

The Pacers are "expecting" Paul George (leg) to miss the entire 2014-15 season, but he hasn't officially been ruled out.

"We know that a couple guys in the league had similar injuries and they came back 100 percent," Bird said. "I think [George's return] is up to our medical staff, our doctors, and probably Paul, you know? He’s going to be out of shape ... But if he can play and he’s healthy enough to play, he’ll play. That’s how we do things here. But if our doctors think he’s going to play at 60, 70 percent, then no we won’t do that."
Source: NBA.com
Aug 12 - 6:34 PM

Pacers coach Frank Vogel expects George Hill to have "a big year" with Lance Stephenson gone and Paul George injured.

"[Hill] was asked to sort of defer a lot last year to Paul and to Lance and I think he was capable of doing a lot more than he showed," Vogel said. Hill's usage rate plummeted to a career-low 14.8 last season, and he attempted a mere 8.1 shots in 32 minutes per game. His stats should jump across the board this year, making him a sneaky PG to target after the middle rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 12 - 6:27 PM

The Pacers have decided to guarantee guard Donald Sloan's contract for $948,000 this season.

Sloan's deal was partially guaranteed for $350,000 and he gives them extra insurance behind George Hill and C.J. Watson. Pacers president Larry Bird said that his team will do "whatever it takes" to avoid entering the luxury tax, so it makes sense that he'd retain a cost-efficient player like Sloan.
Aug 12 - 2:28 PM

Solomon Hill received high praise from Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.

Hill will see a major boost in playing time with Paul George (fractured leg) out for the season and Vogel expects big things out of the 23-year-old. "If he would have been playing 25 minutes a game last year, everyone would be talking about how good Solomon Hill is," Vogel said. Hill only averaged 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds during his rookie season, but he could serve as a late-round steal in fantasy drafts if he continues to impress his head coach.
Aug 12 - 12:47 PM

Paul George will be changing his number to 13, and can now go by the catchy nickname PG-13.

George has been hinting at the change all summer, changing his instagram account name to ygtrece and using the hashtags #Trece, and #YoungTrece which translates to 13 in Spanish. The idea was initially mentioned in an article by Bill Simmons, and was then brought to George's attention during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, in which George responded: "That's got a ring to it, PG-13." George applied for the number change back in March.
Source: ESPN
Aug 11 - 6:49 PM

The Pacers have reportedly called the Pistons about a sign-and-trade deal with the Pistons for Greg Monroe in exchange for Roy Hibbert.

Additionally, they have also reportedly offered Hibbert and Chris Copeland to the Suns in exchange for Goran Dragic, according to Hoopshype. Neither of these deals make sense with the Pistons having a budding superstar center in Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic already turning into one of the best guards in the NBA. On the other hand, the Pacers clearly are feeling out offers with their 2014-15 hopes looking bleak.
Aug 11 - 9:27 AM

Paul George (leg) returned to Indiana from Las Vegas on Tuesday night via a private jet.

The Pacers are applying for a disabled player exception which would officially end George's 2014-15 season. His recovery is expected to take 12-18 months, and the Pacers may not opt to use the exception because it could put them into the luxury tax. They will also be looking to add another player to help them on the wing in the next week or so.
Aug 8 - 12:30 PM


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