Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Indiana Pacers are bringing in Stanko Barac for June workouts, according to league sources.

Indiana acquired the 28-year-old's rights from a draft day trade with the Heat in 2007 and will use the mini-camp to decide whether they want to sign him. The 7'2" center out of Croatia has reportedly turned his attention to playing in the NBA after a successful stint in Euroleague, but he shouldn't be on any fantasy radars just yet.
Source: RealGM
May 26 - 9:57 AM

The Pacers and Luis Scola are mutually interested in working out a new contract.

"We'll see how it goes," Larry Bird said. Scola would be a solid bench presence for the Pacers, but it's not clear how close the two sides may be in seeing eye-to-eye on the value of a new deal for the 35-year-old big man.
May 25 - 10:17 AM

Roy Hibbert is learning jiu-jitsu this offseason.

A couple summers ago, Hibbert was in the news for his added workouts in the gym, most notably with the Spurs. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for Hibbert in each of his last two seasons, so apparently he is going to change his offseason regiment again. He is likely going to use his player option and should be back with Indy next year.
May 23 - 7:35 PM

Paul George said his leg is not yet 100 percent healthy.

He said he is doing "good" and is not 100 percent recovered from the calf strain he suffered in their regular season finale in Memphis. George is going to have an entire offseason to get ready for next year and should be fully healed before training camp. He'll be a risky target in the second and third rounds of fantasy drafts.
May 23 - 4:25 PM

Roy Hibbert plans to spend his summer working out in Los Angeles.

While many of his teammates have decided to stay in Indianapolis to work out, Hibbert spend his offseason in Los Angeles and will make a decision on his player option for the 2015-16 season. The 28-year-old is due over $15.5 million if he stays with the Pacers next season and is unlikely to command that type of figure on the open market. The Pacers have said they want to play at a faster pace next season, so Hibbert may see a reduced role if he stays with Indiana and will obviously see his fantasy value take a hit if that happens.
May 19 - 10:35 AM

Luis Scola has stayed in Indianapolis to continue his postseason workouts.

While Scola will be a free agent this summer, the 35-year old stayed in Indianapolis to work out so he could be a step closer to fulfilling Pacers' team president Larry Bird's wishes by re-signing with the Pacers. Scola reportedly has no intentions of retiring and would again serve as a solid bench player for the Pacers after averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds during the 2014-15 season. His fantasy value, however, is limited at this point in his career and he shouldn't be a target in standard league drafts.
May 19 - 9:31 AM

Larry Bird said on Thursday that he expects both Roy Hibbert and David West to opt in, but that will not affect the way the Pacers approach this year's draft.

Hibbert has a player option worth $15.5 million, while West owns a player option of $12.6 million, which is likely much more than they would be able to secure on the open market. The Pacers' brass have alluded to draft prospects that they would like to play at a faster pace next season, with Paul George spending some time at the four-spot, which would imply that both Hibbert and West are likely to see a reduced role for the 2015-16 season.
May 15 - 10:48 AM

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


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