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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George

Feb 18, 2017 7:12 PM

The Boston Celtics are active in trade talks leading to the deadline as either a main participant or facilitator. 

To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets.

“Danny’s let it be known that he’s willing to talk about the Nets’ picks,” said one league executive. “But you want one of those guys, you have to be willing to give up a star.”

Boston are reluctant to make any move that could take away their chances of operating with cap space in free agency this offseason. Ainge, however, would likely trade for a player such as Jimmy Butler or Paul George should either player become available.

The Celtics don't mind their position near the top of the Eastern Conference.

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Pacers Shopping 2017 First Round Pick Concerned About Window With Paul George

Feb 17, 2017 10:02 PM

The Indiana Pacers are shopping their 2017 first round pick in order to improve their roster immediately around Paul George.

The Pacers would like to acquire either an established wing or frontline player.

The draft is considered one of the strongest in recent memory.

Indiana also traded their first round pick last year to acquire Thaddeus Young.

With Paul George able to opt out of his contract in 2018, the Pacers have a small window to build a title-level supporting cast around him.

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Paul George Not Ready To Commit To Extension With Pacers

Feb 17, 2017 5:52 PM

Paul George is not committing at this time to signing a contract extension with the Indiana Pacers.

George could possibly be offered a five-year, $219 million extension this offseason by the Pacers.

"As I told Larry (Bird), I always want to play on a winning team. I always want to be part of a team that has a chance to win it [all]. That's important," said George.

"Say what you want; I want to compete for something. It's frustrating just playing the game for stats or for numbers or to showcase yourself. Man, I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship.

"I wanted to be the first and want to be the first to be able to bring a championship to Indiana. So that's still on my mind ... and something I definitely want to achieve in Indiana."

In a January interview with The Indianapolis Star, Bird said: "Yeah, we want to keep him here long term. That's the plan."

George has two seasons remaining on his current contract valued at $40.2 million, but he can opt out a season early to become a free agent in 2018.


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Glenn Robinson III To Participate In Dunk Contest

Jan 25, 2017 1:42 PM

Glenn Robinson III will participate in the 2017 Slam Dunk Contest.

Robinson is in his third NBA season out of Michigan.

Robinson has 11 dunks this season in just under 1,000 minutes.

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Pacers Assign Rakeem Christmas, Joe Young To D-League

Jan 17, 2017 11:25 AM

The Indiana Pacers have assigned forward Rakeem Christmas and guard Joe Young to their affiliate in the NBA’s Development League, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Young has appeared in 20 games, averaging 2.7 points in 5.4 minutes.

Christmas has appeared in just three games for the Pacers.

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Paul George: This Season Hasn't Been Fun

Dec 30, 2016 12:38 PM

Paul George said he's done criticizing referees and will focus on turning around the Indiana Pacers' season.

"I've been getting caught up with officials, getting caught up with on-court stuff," George said after practice Wednesday. "(I've lost) sight of how fun this game is to me. … Now whatever happens on the court, I couldn't care less, as long as I'm having fun and enjoying what I'm doing.

The Pacers have a 15-18 record and he's received $25,000 worth of fines.

"This season hasn't been (fun)," he said. "It's been one of the most frustrating seasons I've been a part of. But I just have to approach it as being myself, to enjoy the process, enjoy the grind. That's only going to show on the court. But more so, it's going to show in the locker room."

Jim Ayello/Indianapolis Star

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Paul George Fined $15k For 'Little Brother' Remark

Dec 28, 2016 6:47 PM

Paul George has been fined $15,000 by the NBA while Nate McMillan received a $10,000 fine for publicly criticizing the officials.

George and McMillan were irked by the lack of foul calls the Pacers received against the Bulls on Monday night.

"I've been fined multiple times," George told reporters. "I've been vocal to the point where the league issues [a statement], 'Hey, we missed a call. Hey, we missed that.' Officials do it during games [saying], 'I missed that call, I missed this call. We're sorry. We're sorry.' It's getting repetitive.

"They see it, they know what's going on. They know what's a foul. They know what's not a foul. It comes down from somewhere else how these games are going, I believe."

George was asked if he felt that things would be different if he played for a big-market team.

"Since I've been in this jersey we've always fought this battle," George said. "Ever since I've been playing, ever since I've been in this jersey, we've fought this battle. Maybe the league has teams they like so they can give them the benefit of the doubt. We're the little brother of the league. We're definitely the little brother of the league."


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New CBA To Contain Designated Veteran Extension Provision

Dec 14, 2016 8:30 PM

An important new aspect of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement will be the ability for teams to sign their own players to extensions.

Teams will be able to choose up to two Designated Veterans to sign to a long-term extension.

The ability for teams to sign their own players to extensions was compromised as part of the collective bargaining agreement that was put in place in 2011.

The initial beneficiaries of the new provision will likely be the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings who will be able to extend Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins, respectively, in the 2017 offseason. Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder could also agree upon a new extension.

Criteria for those designated players will be based on achievements, including appearances on All-NBA teams and Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year award winners.

Zach Lowe reports that Year 1 of the extension can be any amount up to 35 percent of cap even if the team has no cap room.

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Tags: Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA CBA

Thunder, Pacers, Rockets Have Had Interest In Rudy Gay

Dec 14, 2016 12:36 PM

Rudy Gay can become a free agent this offseason and has openly suggested he isn't interested in re-signing with the Sacramento Kings.

"The one player who is going to have to move between now and the trade deadline is Rudy Gay," said Wojnarowski. "I don't think the Kings can make the same mistake New Orleans made last year with Ryan Anderson. Ryan Anderson was pretty clear he was not going to re-sign there and they lost him for nothing. Especially for a team so devoid of assets, they couldn't let him walk for nothing.

"Oklahoma City got down to the wire before Cameron Payne's injury (trading for Gay).

There are several teams with interest in trading for Gay.

"There's no question Oklahoma City. Indiana has had interest in him. Houston has had some peripheral interest. I don't think they have the pieces to trade."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertial

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Pacers Have Zero Interest In Even Listening To Paul George Trade Offers

Dec 14, 2016 12:05 PM

Paul George has a player option in 2018 where he can become a free agent but the Indiana Pacers remain committed to trying to build a winning team around him.

"I know teams have been calling Indiana and asking about Paul George and the answer is absolutely, positively no," said Wojnarowski about a possible trade. "'He's not available, there's no conversation to be had, don't even make offers to us. We're not moving Paul George.'"

"Their mindset in Indiana is to continue to try to build around Paul George and Myles Turner and try to find a combination around them that will get Paul to want to re-sign and stay there.

"That being said, I think the Pacers are very much open for business with almost everybody else. I think they're in a place where they're willing to go out and try to find some guys to put around him."

The Pacers currently have a 13-12 record, which puts them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Paul George Holds First Players-Only Meeting Of Career
Paul George will miss the Pacers' next three games with a sore left ankle.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Paul George To Undergo MRI On Left Ankle
Paul George didn't practice on Thursday and is still feeling soreness.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Paul George Fined $15,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands
Paul George sent flowers to the woman that was hit in the face with the ball.


Metta World Peace Can't Forgive Himself For End Of Pacers' Tenure
Metta World Peace made what will likely be his final trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Pacers on Tuesday.

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Paul George: My Only Goal Is Playing For A Championship
Paul George can become a free agent in 2018.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Pacers Sign Ben Bentil
Ben Bentil was recently waived by the Celtics.

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Pacers Waive Jeremy Evans, Julyan Stone
Julyan Stone played in five games, scoring one point while averaging two rebounds per game.

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Paul George Thankful Pacers Made Moves To Stay Competitive
Paul George is grateful to the Pacers for "putting pieces around me to try and get us back in the playoffs and to try and take out LeBron and the Cavaliers."

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Pacers Waive Alex Poythress, Nick Zeisloft
Alex Poythress and Nick Zeisloft played briefly in preseason for the Pacers.

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Pacers Counting On Dan Burke To Provide Defensive Continuity
The Pacers ranked third in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions last season.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Passing On Pacers' $44M Offer
With Jrue Holiday on leave to be with his wife during her health issues, Lance Stephenson gives the Pelicans another ball handler.

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Paul George Has Discussed Extension With Pacers
Paul George signed a five-year max extension in September of 2013.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Nick Zeisloft Signs Camp Deal With Pacers
Nick Zeisloft averaged 6.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.83 assists in 20.1 minutes per game for the Indiana Hoosiers last season.

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Kevin Seraphin Agrees Upon Two-Year, $3.6M Deal With Pacers
Kevin Seraphin averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Knicks last season.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast break down the Central Division.

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Alex Poythress Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Pacers
Alex Poythress will likely spend the season with the Pacers’ NBA Development League affiliate in Fort Wayne.

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Larry Bird Want Pacers To Score 105 Points Per Game
Larry Bird and the Pacers hired Nate McMillan, who has historically coached slower paced teams.

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Paul George Glad Pacers Not Wasting His Prime Years
Paul George acknowledged he needs to be the Pacers' leader as they continue to evolve their roster and playing style.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Aaron Brooks, Pacers Agree Upon One-Year, $2.5M Deal
Aaron Brooks averaged 7.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 16.1 minutes per game in 15-16 for the Bulls.

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Pacers Acquire Jeremy Evans From Mavericks
Jeremy Evans gives the Pacers an additional bench option on the wing.

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