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Bird Believes Paul George Returning This Season Good For Mental State

Mar 23, 2015 1:16 PM

Larry Bird expects Paul George to play this season and he believes it would be good for his mental state as he comes back from a horrific injury.

"He’s getting a lot better," Bird said. "I think he has to go through a series of tests this week, just like we’ve always been doing to see where he’s at. I think he’s cleared by the doctors to play, but obviously he’s not in shape. Just because he’s cleared to play, doesn’t mean he’s in shape to play. And I don’t want Paul to go out there until he feels comfortable with his conditioning and the way he’s practicing. I’d like to see him do a little bit better. 

"It was a rough go at the beginning, which we knew it was going to be. He (isn’t) going to be Paul George, 100 percent. We know that. But I think mentally he wants to get out there, play a few games and get ready to see what he needs to do this summer to get back to 100 percent -- and he will. 

"I expect him to play this year. I hope he does for his own good -- not for us to get in the playoffs or anything like that, but just for his own mental state. I think anytime you go through an injury like that, you have to get back out there and prove yourself. But he’s not going to be 100 percent." 



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Paul George Won't Return Saturday

Mar 21, 2015 12:37 PM

Paul George is nearing his return, but he won't play on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Indiana Pacers have lost four straight games.

"We'll tell you when he's going to play," said Frank Vogel, who was unaware of the report that had circulated Friday evening while his team prepared to play the Cavs.

When asked for their reaction that George could soon make his comeback, each player expressed surprise.

"Is there? Is there?!" Roy Hibbert repeated when told about the report. "Aww, man. They don't tell me anything."

George suffered a severe broken leg Aug. 1 in a scrimmage for USA Basketball in Las Vegas. He returned to practice Feb. 26 and was targeting a mid-March return but seemed to back off that timetable last week.

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Paul George To Return Within Week, As Soon As Saturday

Mar 20, 2015 6:42 PM

Paul George is expected to return to the Indiana Pacers' lineup within the next week and as early as Saturday.

George has been out since the summer when he broke his leg in a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas.

The Pacers have managed to remain in the playoff picture without George, who was an All-NBA Third Team selection in each of the past two seasons.

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Paul George Unsure On Return Due To Pacers' Recent Play

Mar 13, 2015 3:30 PM

Paul George wants to return to the Indiana Pacers this season from his injury but is unsure due to the team's recent strong play.

"I'm on the fence," George said. "Part of me is, they're playing so well, they've come together, to shake up the chemistry and add another body, another player in there... I don't want to be that guy that destroys what these guys have going."

George said soreness after earlier practices is "minimal." He continues to take his return day by day.

"It's different if this was the beginning of the year and we were still trying to find our way," George said. "But these guys are playing at the top of their game right now and the last thing I want to do is slow them down."

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Rodney Stuckey Has Strong Interest To Re-Sign With Pacers

Mar 13, 2015 2:14 PM

Rodney Stuckey has averaged 13.1 points this season for the Indiana Pacers under a minimum salary.

Stuckey has strong desire to re-sign with the Pacers as a free agent in the summer. He has averaged 19.4 points per game over the last 11 contests.

I want to be here,” Stuckey said. “When that time comes, we'll definitely figure something out."

“I love it here, man. I'm staying in the city, close to everything. I love it here. My family loves it here. I love the people in this organization. Definitely, I want to come back. That's a no-brainer. Having a guy like Paul George here, of course I want to come play with an All-Star. Who doesn't? Definitely want to be back here.”

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Paul George Participates In First Full Practice, Return Date Unclear

Feb 26, 2015 6:59 PM

Paul George participated in his first full practice this season with the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, beating his personal goal of March 1 by several days.

"Felt good. Felt really good," George said, "to be able to go through a full practice now and go up and down, it's a big step for me."

George does not yet have a firm date for his return from a right leg injury.

"I'm still hopeful," George said. "That's the date that I wish to return. (But) long ways away, still got some steps and some hurdles to overcome. That's still a goal of mine."

Frank Vogel said Thursday was the next step in the process for George.

"We want him to come back when he's ready to come back. He's eager to get out on the court, but he's not going to do it before he's ready," Vogel said. "We understand once he's medically cleared to play in a game, then there's going to be: Is he ready to play in a game? And that could be a few more weeks beyond that. It's really going to be something we monitor almost on a daily basis and hopefully it progresses as well."

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

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Nets, Jazz, Pacers, Pistons Interested In Reggie Jackson

Feb 19, 2015 2:36 PM

The Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons are all interested in Reggie Jackson ahead of the deadline.

Jackson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason after he rejected a four-year, $48 million offer from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Ty Lawson Won't Be Traded By Nuggets At Deadline

Feb 19, 2015 10:00 AM

The Denver Nuggets don't plan on trading Ty Lawson at the deadline, according to sources.

Lawson missed practice on Wednesday returning from the All-Star break.

Reports also indicated that Brian Shaw was interested in trading for George Hill, but the Denver Post reports that the Nuggets were never actually interested in any Lawson for Hill swap.

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Reggie Jackson Requests Trade From Thunder

Feb 18, 2015 1:34 PM

Reggie Jackson's agent has requested a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder before the deadline.

CAA’s Aaron Mintz made the request in the past seven to 10 days.

Jackson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Sam Presti has made no commitment to moving Jackson, but has been willing to gauge the market and listen to pitches on potential deals as always, sources said.

Jackson’s role has been diminished, especially since the arrival of Dion Waiters in a January trade. Jackson has averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds for the Thunder this season.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reports the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are all interested in Jackson.

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Paul George Eyeing Mid-March Return

Feb 13, 2015 5:17 PM

Paul George is looking toward a mid-March return from his leg injury.

George has made significant progress of late.

George could return as soon as March 14 against the Boston Celtics.

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