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Paul George: My Only Goal Is Playing For A Championship

Oct 25, 2016 7:44 PM

Paul George has the chance to spend his entire career with the Indiana Pacers, something the franchise would certainly welcome.

George can become a free agent in 2018.

“Guys want to play with guys,” George said. “I think I have a better chance to accomplish that given Reggie (Miller) and the era that he was in. My only goal is playing for a championship. As long as we’re competitive and I have something to do with that, I’m happy.”

George has spent much of his career trying to get past LeBron James.

“In order for me to win, I’ve got to take him out,” George said. “At this time, I feel more experienced. It’s now about how do I get my team to play at a higher level. That’s what I’m trying to get to.”

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Pacers Sign Ben Bentil

Oct 24, 2016 12:34 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed Ben Bentil to a contract. 

Bentil, who played collegiately at Providence, was a second-round pick (51st overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Bentil was recently waived by the Celtics.

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Pacers Waive Jeremy Evans, Julyan Stone

Oct 23, 2016 8:51 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived Jeremy Evans and Julyan Stone.

Evans appeared in two preseason games and did not score.

Stone played in five games, scoring one point while averaging two rebounds per game.

The Pacers’ roster now stands at 15.

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Paul George Thankful Pacers Made Moves To Stay Competitive

Oct 21, 2016 4:41 PM

Paul George liked the moves the Indiana Pacers made this offseason.

"I think with the moves made, the front office made it an emphasis on getting back to that caliber of talent that placed us in the [Eastern] Conference finals and bringing that level of play back to this organization that we’ve fell short of the last couple of seasons," said George. "We made the playoffs last year, but the year before that we fell short. Since I’ve been here, the one thing that we’ve lacked was bench play. With the depth that we have now; it’s one thing to have depth, but we have guys that can play multiple positions and can do multiple things. This team is pretty deep and can be very good."

George was also asked about whether he takes comfort in how the Pacers have tried to stay competitive after missing the playoffs in 2015.

"It’s a luxury, really. The NBA season is very long. You don’t want to feel like you’re wasting years or you’re giving something that’s not going to go somewhere. I think that’s one of the worst things to go through in this league, so I’m thankful that they’re trying to keep this team and the organization competitive, in 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

Oct 17, 2016 5:03 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived Alex Poythress and Nick Zeisloft.

Poythress played in two preseason games and scored one point.

Zeisloft played in one game and did not score.


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Pacers Counting On Dan Burke To Provide Defensive Continuity

Oct 11, 2016 8:06 PM

The Indiana Pacers ranked third in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions last season.

In order to maintain their continuity despite firing Frank Vogel, the Pacers kept their defensive coordinator Dan Burke. Burke is entering his 20th season with the Pacers, which makes him the longest tenured assistant with the same team in the NBA. Burke receive interest this offseason from a number of rival teams, including the Orlando Magic when Vogel ended up getting their head coaching job.

The Pacers hope to maintain their excellent defense while playing at a faster pace and also losing George Hill at point guard for Jeff Teague.

“I just go from year to year,” he said. “When people would say, ‘Wow, it’s your 10th year,’ I used to joke, ‘Yeah, I’m tricking them.’ Now, I’m thinking Larry is just trying to wait until I get it right.

"To me, it’s a job I love. It worked out well. It doesn’t seem like 20 because I just love every minute of it.”

“Dick Harter is the best defensive coach I’ve seen in this league,” Larry Bird said in September of Burke's mentor. “Nobody can replace Dick. But (Dan) is very similar and he demands guys to play hard on the defensive end. You’ve got to win with your defense, and Dan’s proven that over the years his defenses get things done. A few years ago, when we were winning and getting to the Eastern Conference finals, we were guarding people and that’s what we've got to do. I’m not saying Frank (Vogel) didn’t have something to do with that neither, but Dan’s always been my guy and I hope he’s here forever.”

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Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Passing On Pacers' $44M Offer

Sep 21, 2016 12:46 PM

Lance Stephenson was asked how he decided to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason.

"I liked this team, and I see a couple young guys that I could potentially help and show all the other stuff that I learned from other places, from guys like Chris Paul, Paul George, Paul Pierce," said Stephenson. "Just teach them, and help them believe and show them the right way to work out there and what it takes to make it to the conference finals, and getting that work in every day."

With Jrue Holiday on leave to be with his wife during her health issues, Stephenson gives the Pelicans another ball handler.

"We were actually talking before then. I was just weighing my options. I figured this was the best team to go to, and I can help this program win -- help the young guys in here and also help me at the same time."

Stephenson was also asked if he regrets passing up the Indiana Pacers' five-year, $44 million offer in 2014 now that he's a free agent after only making a combined $18 million over two seasons.

"I don’t think I really chose not to go there," said Stephenson. "I don’t want to get into that, but it goes with the business. We never came to an agreement. I’m not going to say I turned it down -- I didn’t do that. But I don’t want to dwell on the past. I’m happy with the position I’m in now. I’m just gonna move forward and work hard and get back to that elite basketball player that I was."

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Paul George Has Discussed Extension With Pacers

Sep 21, 2016 12:21 PM

Paul George and the Indiana Pacers discussed the possibility of a contract extension this offseason. George is eligible for an extension beginning September 25th.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook signed extensions with their current teams due to their cap space.

George signed a five-year max extension in September of 2013.

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Nick Zeisloft Signs Camp Deal With Pacers

Sep 7, 2016 8:40 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed Nick Zeisloft to a camp deal.

Zeisloft averaged 6.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.83 assists in 20.1 minutes per game for the Indiana Hoosiers last season.

Zeisloft didn't play in Summer League after going undrafted.

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Kevin Seraphin Agrees Upon Two-Year, $3.6M Deal With Pacers

Sep 2, 2016 1:06 AM

Kevin Seraphin has agreed upon a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Seraphin visited the Pacers for workouts on Monday and Tuesday, and his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, finalized the agreement on Thursday night.

The second season of the deal will be a team option for the Pacers.

Seraphin averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the New York Knicks last season after spending five years with the Washington Wizards.

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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.

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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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Lance Stephenson, Pacers Discussing Multi-Year Deal
Lance Stephenson has been traded twice since leaving the Pacers in 2014.

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Ian Mahinmi, Wizards Agree Upon Four-Year, $64M Deal
Washington was also in on a pursuit of Al Horford and shifted to IanMahinmi as soon as he agreed to sign with the Celtics.

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Pacers, Kings Discuss Rudy Gay Trade
Sacramento still has interest in Monta Ellis while the Pacers would prefer to deal Rodney Stuckey.

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Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers in 15-16.

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Spurs, Nets, Bulls Interested In Jordan Hill
Jordan Hill spent last season with the Pacers.

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Solomon Hill Agrees To Four-Year, $52M Deal With Pelicans
The Pacers declined their fourth-year option on Solomon Hill in what has become a controversial decision.

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Al Jefferson Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Pacers
Al Jefferson signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Hornets.

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Pacers Talked Rudy Gay Deal With Kings Before Acquiring Thad Young
The Kings' asking price for Rudy Gay was too high for the Pacers and they pivoted towards Thaddeus Young.

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Pacers Acquire Thaddeus Young From Nets For 20th Overall Pick
The Nets have traded Thaddeus Young to the Pacers for the 20th overall pick and a future second rounder.

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Paul George Accepts Invitation To Play In Olympics
Jerry Colangelo promised Paul George an Olympic roster spot after he suffered his injury in August of 2014.

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Pacers Acquire Jeff Teague In Three-Team Trade
Jeff Teague will play for his hometown Pacers.

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Dunc'd On: OKC/GSW Game 5, Pacers Offseason
Golden State survives to a Game 6. What defensive adjustments made it possible, and what are their chances against the Thunder on the road? Mike D'Antoni and David Fizdale are hired in Houston and Memphis, respectively.

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Frank Vogel Denies 'Begging' Larry Bird To Remain With Pacers
Frank Vogel said he and Larry Bird shared the same philosophy on how they wanted the Pacers to play.

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Nate McMillan Ranks 92nd Out Of 95 NBA Coaches Since 2001 In Pace
Nate McMillan ranks 92nd out of 95 NBA coaches in terms of pace.

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