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Paul George Shoots Jumpers At Pacers' Practice

Paul George was seen shooting jumpers with teammates following the Indiana Pacers' practice on Monday.

George, who was injured during a televised Team USA intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1, said recently that he plans to play at some point during this NBA season.

He was cleared to put weight on the leg and engage in upper-body work in late September.

Via ESPN

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Stuckey: Pistons' Decline Started By Trading Away Billups

Rodney Stuckey used Chauncey Billups as a mentor while both played with the Detroit Pistons.

The Indiana Pacers' new guard believes the Pistons' downspin both as a team and individually started from the franchise trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson in 2008.

“Once Chauncey was traded, everything went downhill from there,” Stuckey said. “Chauncey was the glue who held everything together. Once he was traded, it was a domino effect. One thing after another. Something happened, then this happened, that happened. So it was tough, you know?

“You go from this guy who's been an All-Star and Finals MVP to a guy like Allen Iverson who's a completely different type of player. Chauncey was the leader, the role model. Allen Iverson was a scorer, a guy who just gets buckets. He can give you 40 if you want him to. And then you have Rip (Hamilton) on the other side that you need to get the ball to and you can't forget about Tayshaun (Prince). It was a tough situation. It was a lot that was thrown at one person at one time. I was just trying to figure stuff out. But it happened the way it happened. You learn from each experience.”

Stuckey is ready for a fresh start with the Pacers, where he is expected to play a significant role with the absences of Paul George and Lance Stephenson.

“I don't like losing,” Stuckey said. “Sometimes in Detroit, we'd be close in a game and be losing and people would be OK with it because it was a close game and we played hard. But we still lost. I don't accept that. I want to win. That's where a lot of the conflict came from. I'm a competitor, man. I don't like losing. I don't come out here just to get a sweat and lose and be happy. That's not me. I try to compete each and every night and let the chips fall.”

Via Mark Moneith/Pacers.com

Pacers Exercise 15-16 Contract Option On Solomon Hill

The Indiana Pacers have picked up the 2015-16 option on forward Solomon Hill’s contract.

Hill, entering his second season with the Pacers, averaged 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Frank Vogel Signs Extension With Pacers

Frank Vogel has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Indiana Pacers.

Vogel is entering his fourth full season as coach after taking over on an interim basis in January, 2011. The Pacers finished that season 20-18 and reached the NBA Playoffs for the first time in four seasons. In July, 2011, the interim tag was removed and in the three seasons since, the Pacers have reached the Eastern Conference Finals twice and Eastern Conference Semifinals once with a record of 147-82 (.641 winning percentage).

“We’re very happy to extend Frank’s contract,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “I believe he has done a great job and I look forward to continuing our relationship and working together to achieve all of our goals.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my tenure as Pacers’ coach,” said Vogel. “It’s an honor to represent this franchise and lead this team. I look forward to the challenge ahead. I’m grateful to have had good, coachable teams along with coaching staffs that have been second to none.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Paul George Keeping Hope For Return In Playoffs

Paul George is maintaining hope that he can return to the Indiana Pacers late in the season if the team makes a playoff run.

“It's very possible that I can play (this season),” George said. “I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year.' I've already got it in mind that I could miss this whole year. I'm come to peace with that, but I'd love to be able to come back and play again.”

George suffered a serious fracture in his leg while playing for Team USA in the offseason and the Pacers are operating under the notion that he will not return this season.

Via Mark Montieth/Pacers.com

Turner Has Nothing Bad To Say About Pacers, Not Weighed Down By Expectations As Former 2nd Overall Pick

Evan Turner was supposed to push the Indiana Pacers over the hump last spring, but they ended falling at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second-straight season.

Turner’s arrival, which came via a deadline trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, wasn’t the only thing that didn’t go Indiana’s way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacers’ demise.

“I did the best I could. When coach asked me to do something, I tried my best to do it,” Turner said of his short tenure with the Pacers, which he knows many viewed as a disappointment.

“Whether it was bring the ball up, pass it off or anything else. The thing that put a big hit on it was that I wasn’t putting up 15 points per game. I feel like I took a big hit on that, but I just tried to fit in and shoot when I could. Rebound, play defense. A lot of times those things get blown up.”

In 27 appearances with Indiana, Turner scored just 7.1 points on 41.1% shooting in 21.1 minutes per game. For his career, Turner has averaged 11.1 points on 42.7% shooting. Never an efficient offensive player, issues were magnified in Indiana.

“I had certain scoring outbursts and then other nights I only shot three times or something like that,” the swingman said. “That’s just how the game goes and you go along with it.”

Turner was also involved in some controversy with then-teammate Lance Stephenson. A Yahoo! Sports report claimed that Stephenson and Turner fought during practice as the Pacers were preparing for the Atlanta Hawks, their first-round opponent.

“I thought it was a great experience,” said Turner, who refused to say anything outwardly negative. “Once again, surrounding the Pacers there were a lot of rumors, a lot of controversy towards them and it made things seems crazier than it probably was.”

Turner watched his value decrease as he entered free agency, eventually landing a two-year, $6.7 million deal with the Boston Celtics. The No. 2 overall pick in 2010, who will turn 26 on Oct. 27, insists that he isn’t trying to silence any critics.

“I’m not coming in here like I have anything to prove, I really just want to get into a groove and make the best of my opportunity,” Turner said. “That’s really it. I’m not trying to prove anything to anybody else; I’m trying to prove something to myself. I have to look in the mirror. If I tried to prove myself to other people, I’d probably go crazy.”

Turner said there were no discussions between his agent and the Pacers this summer about a potential return.

“No, we both kind of decided that we were just going to go our separate ways and that was pretty much it,” he admitted.

A polarizing figure at both of his previous NBA stops, Turner is comfortable enough in his own skin to know someone is always going to find something wrong with his game given the expectations with which he entered the league.

“Too much is given, too much is expected, that’s just the way of life. When it comes down to it you know there are a hundred ways you can attack the story of me and how my career is going,” Turner opined. 

“The one thing I always try to say is I’m getting better every year. I look at these past years, I feel like I’ve made jumps. When it comes down to it, next to my name you’ll either say the No. 2 pick before or after, so things come along with that. I’ve always just tried to fit in the best way I could. It hasn’t been the 25 points everyone has been expecting and whatever occurred, but I’m just worried about what’s happening now.”

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Vogel Sees Absence Of George, Stephenson As Opportunity For Wing Players

Frank Vogel insists he believes the Indiana Pacers will continue to be a competing team despite losing Paul George to injury and Lance Stephenson in free agency.

“We’re going to be fine,” Vogel said. “We’ve got more than enough to compete with the best and we’re going to have another great season. Our approach is, we’re going to try to not skip a beat.

“Two guys being gone – Lance being gone, Paul not being with us because of injury – creates opportunities for other guys. Both at that position and also at other positions to carry a bigger role.”

Vogel sees the lack of George and Stephenson next season as further opportunity for wing players, including Chris Copeland and free agent acquisitions C.J. Miles, Rodney Stuckey and Damjan Rudez.

“Those guys are solid NBA veterans,” Vogel said. “It’s not like we’re going to fill the spots with guys who were in the D League last year. And we feel [2013 first-rounder] Solomon Hill is going to be an elite defensive player and a guy who can knock down open shots. We could have played him 25 minutes a game last year and we would have been all right. We just had such depth.

“Chris Copeland is going to get a chance to play more. Damjan Rudez, one of the best shooters in Europe, is coming over to play at the ‘three’ or the ‘four.’ So we’ve got answers. You look at that, combined with our point guard rotation’s intact with George Hill and C.J. Watson, our big rotation’s intact with [Luis] Scola, [Roy] Hibbert and [Ian] Mahinmi. There are reasons to be optimistic.”

Via Steve Aschburner/NBA.com

Bird, George Release Statements For Tweets On Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Larry Bird and Paul George released statements on Thursday regarding tweets that were sent out by George stemming from Ray Rice's domestic violence incident in the NFL.

"Paul George's tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society," Bird said. "We have talked to Paul to strongly express our displeasure and made it clear that the NBA and the Pacers' organization will not condone or tolerate remarks of this nature. Paul understands that he was wrong and why his tweets were so inappropriate and is very apologetic."

"I want to apologize to all victims of domestic abuse for my insensitive tweets," George said. "They were obviously without proper understanding of the seriousness of the situation and I sincerely regret my poor choice of words."‎

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pacers Sign Arinze Onuaku To Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Indiana Pacers have signed forward Arinze Onuaku to a non-guaranteed summer contract for training camp, a league source told RealGM.

Onuaku will join C.J. Fair, Chris Singleton and Adonis Thomas as wing players battling for a regular-season roster spot, a blend of youthful and veteran athletes competing in training camp.

Onuaku, an active forward at 6-foot-9, began last season with the New Orleans Pelicans before being waived and re-joining the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. He then received a call up to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February.

Onuaku, 27, played his college basketball at Syracuse.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Indiana Pacers Archives

Chris Singleton To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

The Pacersí deal with free agent Chris Singleton is a summer contract for training camp, a league source told RealGM.

Ian Mahinmi Expected To Miss 2-3 Months With Shoulder Injury

Ian Mahinmi suffered a shoulder injury while playing for the French national team.

C.J. Fair To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

C.J. Fair will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Paul George Holding Out Hope For Quick Return

Paul George spoke to the media on Friday afternoon for the first time since breaking his right leg in two places while playing for Team USA two weeks.

Derrick Rose Plans To Reach Out To Paul George During Season

Derrick Rose plans to reach out to Paul George during the NBA regular season.

Shawn Marion Meets With Bird, Still Considering Options

The Cavaliers were considered the favorites to sign Shawn Marion prior to the meeting with Larry Bird.

Paul George To Change Uniform To No. 13

Paul George applied for and was granted the right to switch from No. 24 to No. 13.

MarShon Brooks Moving Toward Deal With Olimpia Milano

MarShon Brooks is moving towards finalizing a deal with Olimpia Milano Armani of Italy and the Euroleague, a source tells RealGM.

Shawn Marion Receiving Strong Push From Pacers As He Schedules More Meetings

Shawn Marion has received a strong push for a deal with the Indiana Pacers, a league source told RealGM.

Pacers Expressing Interest In MarShon Brooks

The Pacers have MarShon Brooks on a short list of free agent possibilities, league sources told RealGM.

Paul George Undergoes Surgery, Expected To Miss 14-15 Season

While there was no additional damage besides the fractures, doctors believe Paul George likely will miss all of next season.

Paul George Suffers Horrific Leg Injury

Paul George was taken to the hospital and the remainder of the game was canceled.

Falk: Trading Turner Wasn't Blockbuster For 76ers

Evan Turner's agent, David Falk, believes the 76ers didn't make an expecially strong trade in dealing his client to the Pacers.

Chris Singleton Receives Interest From Heat, Pacers

Chris Singleton played in just 25 games (250 minutes) this past season after the Wizards declined their fourth-year option on his contract.

Bird: Pacers Did What We Could To Keep Stephenson

The Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract.

Lance Stephenson Agrees To Three-Year, $27.5M Deal With Hornets

Lance Stephensonís contract with the Hornets will have the annual salary structure of $9 million in Years 1 and 2 and $9.5 million in Year 3, a source said.

Hornets Explore Contract With Lance Stephenson

The Hornets are now exploring the possibility of signing Lance Stephenson.

Evan Turner Receives Interest From Celtics, Wolves

Evan Turner has found his market to be tepid in free agency.
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