Mar 03, 2014 1:09 PM EST
The Indiana Pacers did not discuss a trade ahead of the deadline with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving Luol Deng, a source tells RealGM.
The Cavaliers reportedly were looking to move Deng for a first round pick.
The Pacers acquired Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen at the deadline in a deal involving Danny Granger.
Mar 02, 2014 11:46 AM EST
The Indiana Pacers signed Andrew Bynum on Feb. 1, but he hasn't appeared in any of their 13 games since.
Bynum hasn’t played since Dec. 26 when he was still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and missed all of last season due to knee issues. The Pacers weren’t scared off by Bynum’s extensive medical history, but have been very careful with his health.
The term "weeks" was used when Bynum was first signed. It was then expected that he’d sit out until after the All-Star break. On Saturday night, Frank Vogel pushed back his Indiana debut even further.
"A few weeks," Vogel said when asked about Bynum. “We're not putting a firm timetable on it. Our trainers are doing some things to strengthen the area around his knees so when he becomes an everyday player, he’ll be there for us. The soreness he’s experienced in the last couple years is minimal and while we are doing that there is the process of getting him back in game shape because he had weeks off after leaving Cleveland.”
Ian Mahinmi is currently the backup for Roy Hibbert, but Bynum will overtake that role if all goes according to plan. Vogel made it clear that Bynum will have to fit into what the Pacers try to do instead of the other way around.
“We've got a plan and a scheme on both ends of the court with Roy Hibbert that fits his style of play,” Vogel said. "Once he gets healthy and in great condition, I think the transition is going to be fairly seamless. He’s going to fit in and we’ll use him the same way we use Roy.”
It helps that Bynum has been able to watch Hibbert live, in games and practice, over the last few weeks.
"They practice against each other and then do low post one-on-one drills," Vogel said of the two centers.
Indiana knew the process would be a slow one when they signed Bynum and they conveyed their plans to him right away.
"We knew he was going to be a ways away," Vogel said. "We told him when we signed him that we would be sure not to rush him in there. We knew it was going to take some time because he’d been off for so long. We knew it was going to be a process.”
The Pacers are hoping the low-risk signing will pay dividends down the road, especially in the postseason should they meet up with the Miami Heat. When asked about what makes this Indiana team different than the one that came within 48 minutes of the NBA Finals last June, Vogel pointed to a bench that stands to improve even more when Bynum is finally ready.
"I think we have a better bench. Not only Evan Turner, but Luis Scola and C.J. Watson have given us a huge lift this season. Ian Mahinmi has been playing at a much higher level this year than he was last year. We haven’t seen Bynum yet. We haven’t really seen much from Chris Copeland yet," Vogel said. "The depth is, I think, much better than it was last year."
Mar 01, 2014 2:57 PM EST
The Indiana Pacers will not have George Hill when they face the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
Hill injured his left shoulder late against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
"I'm trying to do all I can to help this team win a basketball game. If that's not on the court, that's being encouraging and being a positive teammate," Hill said after shootaround. "Things like that."
Hill had not been informed of the decision to sit him until Frank Vogel came over as Hill was speaking with the media.
"When I did my MRI it showed previous stuff," Hill said. "It was just the way I landed. I have pain lifting it and making certain movements. We'll take it day-by-day."
Hill previously injured his shoulder in a collision with former teammate Tyler Hansbrough, adding some certain to the injury.
"I hurt it pretty badly last year, so I think it's just a re-occurring injury that just opened back up a bit."
Hill is averaging 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Pacers this season.
Feb 28, 2014 1:19 PM EST
Andrew Bynum practiced three-on-three with the Indiana Pacers this week, and Frank Vogel is optimistic the veteran center will be able to play soon.
"The goal is to get him to the point where he's able to play every night," Vogel said. "We don't want him to play one game and sit three games."
Bynum signed with the Pacers as a free agent Feb. 1 and last played Dec. 26 for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"We know what we can expect from him when he's healthy and in shape. He's one of the best centers in the NBA," Vogel said. "We've seen flashes of that in practice that he's shown here."
Feb 21, 2014 12:54 PM EST
The Indiana Pacers waived Orlando Johnson to create roster space for the acquisitions of Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.
“Orlando is a great kid,” Larry Bird said. “We appreciate everything he’s done for us and hope he has a long and successful career.”
The Pacers acquired Johnson in a draft day trade in 2012.
Feb 21, 2014 11:53 AM EST
Danny Granger was "pissed" when he learned that he had been traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to a league source.
Granger had spent his entire career with the Pacers' organization.
Many around the NBA expect Granger to sign with either the Miami Heat or San Antonio Spurs assuming he is waived.
"We'll meet with (Danny Granger). ... It's going to be interesting," said Sim Hinkie. "We're going to sit and talk."
Hinkie said that there is a chance that the 76ers will discuss a buyout with Granger.
Feb 20, 2014 4:13 PM EST
The Indiana Pacers have acquired Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers for Danny Granger.
The 76ers also acquired a future second round pick in the deal from the Pacers.
Turner will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.
Feb 19, 2014 5:45 PM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers have held trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers on Luol Deng.
There is little traction on the talks as no team seems inclined to give up highly valued assets for Deng, who will be a free agent in the offseason.
Deng is determined to test free agency before making a decision on whether to re-sign with the Cavaliers.
Deng will be seeking a deal in the $12 million to $13 million per season range.
Feb 13, 2014 10:49 PM EST
When the then-New Orleans Hornets traded away Tyson Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for Emeka Okafor, Chris Paul and David West began privately discussing the possibility of leaving the franchise.
"[Paul] knew I was going to leave because I knew he was leaving. We had open conversations about that," West said. "The writing was on the wall probably the season, two seasons before that last year."
Paul embraced New Orleans, but the franchise was in turmoil for much of his tenure.
"The toughest thing was the instability. You just never knew what would have happen," Paul said.
Paul's brother, C.J. Paul, said the "final straw" was when West informed them he wouldn't re-sign in free agency.
"We had talked about possibly sticking together. But once he realized that I was gone, I knew he was definitely going to check out," West said. "It was time for us to find new space."
Said Chris Paul: "I missed David West. My partner. My right hand man."
Paul returns to New Orleans this weekend for the All-Star Game as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Feb 11, 2014 2:57 PM EST
The Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers have been actively shopping the expiring contracts of Trevor Ariza and Danny Granger, respectively, according to sources.
But expiring contracts do not have nearly the same level of value they have in the past.
For the Pacers, they would likely only want another expiring contract in return for Granger due to their tax concerns in re-signing Lance Stephenson this offseason.
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