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Herb Simon: Paul George Wants A Winning Team And It's Our Job To Get Him One

Apr 16, 2017 11:54 PM

Herb Simon had a rare one-on-one interview to discuss the state of the Indianapolis Pacers ahead of the start of the playoffs.

Simon was asked about his thoughts on Paul George's play this season and his future with the franchise.

"This guy has taken over the team and pulled us up," said Simons. "I think very highly of him. I think he was incredibly personable at our breakfast in New Orleans during the All-Star weekend. He was very open. He wants to be a champion. He wants a winning team and it’s our job to get him one. He’s got that desire to be a special player, which he is, and to have a special team. We’re all on the same wavelength. It’s just a matter of we both have to produce. He has to produce and we have to give him the players to produce with."

George was the subject of trade talks at the deadline.

"Basically, we were offered a lot of things. We didn’t even think of taking any of them. (President) Larry (Bird) will give you a better feel for it, but the answer is you can’t stop people from making offers. But it wasn’t any question of accepting any of them."

Simon believes the Pacers can win a title with George.

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Paul George Wanted Ball Back From C.J. Miles

Apr 15, 2017 8:55 PM

During the final seconds of the Indiana Pacers' 109-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1, Paul George passed the ball to C.J. Miles when he was double teamed. George was expecting to get the ball back from Miles, but instead Miles missed a 14-footer.

"I talked to CJ about it," George said. "In situations like that, I gotta get the last shot. I was asking for it. CJ took it upon himself."

"CJ had a pretty decent look," Nate McMillan said. "We have to make that shot."

LeBron James believes George made the right decision.

"I can only speak for myself. When you're doubling me, I'm giving it up. That's me," James said. "I don't know how everybody else feels about that, but if you get a double, I think we all know math in here: There's two guys on the ball, and that means there's a 4-on-3. You have your numbers. So if you're the best player on the floor, that doesn't mean you have to take the shot. I think he made the right play, and you live with the results."


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Paul George, Chris Paul Named Players Of The Month

Apr 14, 2017 1:09 PM

Paul George and Chris Paul have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.

George averaged an NBA-high 32.8 points and added 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Pacers went 5-1 in April to clinch a playoff spot for the sixth time in seven seasons. 

Paul averaged 21.2 points, 9.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds in April while the Clippers went 5-0.

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Nate McMillan, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month

Apr 14, 2017 12:39 PM

The Indiana Pacers' Nate McMillan and the LA Clippers' Doc Rivers were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

McMillan guided the Pacers to a 5-1 record during April, tied for the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Indiana closed the month and the regular season with five consecutive victories to secure the seventh playoff seed in the East. For the month, the Pacers ranked third in the NBA in scoring (115.5 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (50.1) and point differential (plus-11.7). 

Behind Rivers, the Clippers went 5-0 in April to finish as the NBA's only undefeated team for the month and extend their regular-season-ending winning streak to seven games. LA outscored its opponents by a league-best 16.4 points per game and led the NBA in field goal percentage (51.5). On the final day of the regular season, the Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings 115-95 to clinch the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference.

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week

Apr 10, 2017 4:30 PM

The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 3 through Sunday, April 9.

George paced the East in scoring (31.7 ppg) and tied for seventh in rebounding (9.0 rpg) while shooting 57.4 percent from the field as the Pacers went 3-0 for the week to climb into seventh place in the East with two games to play. On April 4, he scored 18 points in the third quarter to helped erase a 19-point deficit before finishing with 35 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 108-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors. On April 6, he tallied 23 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a 104-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Westbrook led the Thunder to a 3-1 week behind averages of 32.5 points (second in the West), 12.5 rebounds (third) and 10.3 assists (third). On April 9, he recorded his 42nd triple-double with 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 106-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets, breaking Oscar Robertson’s 55-year-old record for most triple-doubles (41) in a season. It also marked the third time Westbrook scored 50 points in a triple-double this season. Westbrook also logged his 19th 40-point game of the season with 45 points in a 103-100 win against the Memphis Grizzlies on April 5.

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Paul George Believes He's Worthy Of All-NBA Spot

Apr 3, 2017 10:24 AM

Paul George believes he is deserving of an All-NBA selection this season.

If George is named to one of the three All-NBA teams, he would become eligible for a designated veteran player extension with the Indiana Pacers worth more than $200 million.

"For contract reasons (All-NBA) is important. But I'm not thinking about contracts," George said. "If my performance down the stretch lands me on the All-NBA, which I think I'm deserving of, then so be it. I'll be happy."

The other candidates for the forwards spots on the All-NBA team are LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant.

The Pacers are hoping to sign him to an extension this summer but George would have little financial incentive to commit this offseason.

"I'm worried about making the playoffs," George said. "I'm going to play at the highest I can, the best I can every night. Wherever that lands me, that's where it lands me. I'm fighting for a playoff spot."

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Pacers Agree To Sign Lance Stephenson To Three-Year, $12M Deal

Mar 29, 2017 12:22 PM

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to sign Lance Stephenson to a three-year deal worth $12 million with a team option in Year 3.

The Pacers will have a roster spot with the release of Rodney Stuckey.

Stephenson left the Pacers to sign with the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 offseason. Stephenson has since played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Paul George Criticizes Teammates 'Pride' Following Loss

Mar 29, 2017 11:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers blew a fourth quarter lead in their 115-114 loss on Tuesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Pissed,” George said in describing his emotions. “I know I was pissed. It’s the only to really sum it up.”

The Pacers are now just one game ahead of the Heat.


“We should have a professional approach, man, and defend our home court, especially to a team that’s not even in the playoffs,” George said of losing to the Timberwolves (29-44). “That’s what it comes down to. As a team, we’ve got to have a grit and we’ve got to own up, man up.”

George criticized his teammates for the Pacers' inability to win a key game.

“There’s no urgency, no sense of urgency, no winning pride,” he said.

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Pacers To Waive Rodney Stuckey

Mar 29, 2017 10:59 AM

The Indiana Pacers will waive Rodney Stuckey.

Stuckey is out several weeks with a patellar strain.

Stuckey had an April 10th guarantee date on his contract for the 17-18 season worth $7 million.

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Rodney Stuckey Out 4-6 Weeks With Left Patellar Tendon Strain

Mar 28, 2017 5:49 PM

Rodney Stuckey has a left patellar tendon strain and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Stuckey sustained the injury in Sunday night’s win by the Indiana Pacers over Philadelphia.

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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster
Paul George said that if Indiana didn't have an improved roster, "then me and front office will talk."

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76ers Made 'Significant' Offer To Pacers For Paul George
The 76ers' preference was to keep their own future picks and move the draft rights of other teams like those of the Lakers and Kings.

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Pacers Don't Have Luxury Of Fully Rebuilding
The Pacers plan on having approximately $20 million in cap space and will also look to use their own first round pick to acquire a player that will help them immediately.

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Lance Stephenson's Tenure With Pacers Shifted With ASG Snub, Evan Turner Trade
The Pacers began to have issues during their run of reaching the Conference Finals during the second half of the 13-14 season.

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets
The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading Paul George.

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Larry Bird: I Wasn't Motivated To Trade Paul George At Deadline
Magic Johnson's call to Larry Bird lasted less than five minutes and consisted mostly of small talk.

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Lakers Advised Not To 'Gut' Team To Trade For Paul George
If Paul George doesn't qualify for the supermax contract, the Pacers can sign him to a five-year, $180 million deal while a rival team can sign him to a four-year, $132 million deal.

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Paul George Frustrated Pacers Didn't Loop Him In On Trade Talks
The Pacers took trade talks with Paul George down to the wire ahead of the deadline but elected to keep him.

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Nuggets Were Hesitant To Include Jamal Murray In Offer For Paul George
Jamal Murray has been one of the most promising rookies of the 2016 draft class.

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Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks.

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Pacers Decide To Keep Paul George
The Pacers received offers for Paul from the Celtics, Nuggets and others.

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Paul George Not Interested In Nuggets Long-Term After Pacers Receive 'Monster' Offer
The Nuggets conveyed a "monster" offer to the Pacers for Paul George but the talks gained no traction.

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Celtics Finally Discuss Nets' Pick With Pacers On Paul George
The Celtics are seeking a superstar of Paul George's station.

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Paul George Won't Commit Long-Term To Team Other Than Pacers, Lakers
Paul George has been clear his preference is to remain with the Pacers if they can become title contenders but signing with the Lakers in 2018 is his Plan B.

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Magic Reaches Out To Bird With Lakers' Interest In Paul George
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird spoke to each other on the call about the Lakers' interest in Paul George.

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Paul George Told Pacers' Owner He's Committed If They Can Contend For Title
Paul George can become a free agent in 2018 and is not presently expected to qualify for the supermax contract extension.

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Pacers Testing Trade Market For Paul George
While the Pacers are looking to surround Paul George with talent and sign him to a long-term extension, they are also soliciting offers to begin rebuilding around Myles Turner.

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Pacers Not Considering Any Trade Offers For Paul George
The Pacers plan on keeping both Jeff Teague and Myles Turner along with Paul George.

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Pacers Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor
The Pacers have been motivated to upgrade their roster around Paul George and appear willing to trade their first round pick this season.

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Pelicans Make Inquiries On DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George
New Orleans is making everyone on their available to pair Anthony Davis with another All-Star talent, including Buddy Hield.

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