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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

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Larry Bird Believes Willie Cauley-Stein Is A $100M Player

May 15, 2015 10:08 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein met with Larry Bird of the Indiana Pacers and the Hall of Famer didn't hide how highly he rates him.

Cauley-Stein emerged as one of the best defensive players in college basketball this season.

"'I think you’re a $100 million dollar player.’ I hear that and I’m like, ‘Really?!’" said Cauley-Stein about comments made to him by Bird.

The Pacers believe Cauley-Stein would work well as a center with Paul George playing as a small-ball four.

"They see me as a player in the five position & put Paul (George) at the four. Now I’ll have a mismatch…"

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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Pacers, Mavs, Grizzlies, Lakers Win Draft Tiebreakers

Apr 17, 2015 4:04 PM

The Indiana Pacers won a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz to get the No. 11 seed in the lottery. The Jazz will get the No. 12 pick if they don't move up in the draft.

In other tiebreakers, the Dallas Mavericks will drafted 21st ahead of the Chicago Bulls at 22nd.

The Memphis Grizzlies will pick 25th ahead of the San Antonio Spurs at 26.

The Los Angeles Lakers will pick 27th with the Houston Rockets' pick acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade, while the Boston Celtics will select 28th with the pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Doc Rivers' deal.

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Pacers Unlikely To Re-Sign C.J. Watson

Apr 17, 2015 12:58 PM

Larry Bird does not believe the Indiana Pacers will look to re-sign C.J. Watson.

Watson will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Watson averaged 10 points in 57 games this season.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Tags: C.J. Watson, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers To Play Smaller Next Season With Hibbert Having Diminished Role

Apr 17, 2015 12:06 PM

The Indiana Pacers plan on playing faster on offense next season to contend with smaller and versatile lineups of opponents.

Roy Hibbert is the player that will most likely be impacted by the change in scheme.

"Possibly," said Vogel when asked if Hibbert will be benched. "Roy's role will be diminished."

Hibbert can opt out to become a free agent.

"Whatever he does, he does," said Larry Bird. "We'll assume he's going to come back."

Paul George will play some small-ball 4 for the Pacers.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

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Paul George Injures Left Calf

Apr 16, 2015 12:33 PM

Paul George had to be carried off the court by teammates midway through the fourth quarter of their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Pacers called the injury a sore left calf.

"Nothing serious," Frank Vogel said. "He got kicked pretty strongly in his calf, and it caused a calf strain."

George was attended to on the bench before being carried back to the locker room.

"I just felt it," George said. "I knew it wasn't nothing good.

"Just came off a screen and felt a pop. ... It wasn't a knee injury, but it's tough, you work so hard in rehab and have something else pop up. The good thing is, I know we've got a long summer and a lot to look forward to."

George came back from a broken right leg in April.

ESPN

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Paul George Returning On Sunday Against Heat

Apr 4, 2015 12:25 PM

Paul George will make his season debut Sunday against the Miami Heat.

George sustained a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula on August 1st as he crashed in the basketball stanchion during a scrimmage from the USA men's basketball team. 

George, as well as the Pacers' team doctor Tim Hupfer and coach Frank Vogel, will address media later today. The last time George spoke with reporters, he said he was "ready to play."

"I feel good but it's not just me that has to feel good," George said on March 28. "Everybody else has to feel good about it. That's what we're waiting on."

George made the announcement of his return on Twitter.


Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Leaving Pacers For Hornets

Apr 2, 2015 1:26 AM

Lance Stephenson said he does not regret signing with the Charlotte Hornets, leaving the Indiana Pacers in the process.

"Not at all," Stephenson said. "I love this system. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. Some people come into systems and fit right in. Some people it takes time. I feel like with me, I'm going to take time."

The Hornets gave Stephenson a three-year, $27 million deal this past offseason.

Stephenson has averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season compared to 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season.

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Hibbert: Paul George Looks Like His Old Awesome Self In Practice

Mar 30, 2015 12:26 PM

Paul George has been cleared to return to game action and has been traveling the Indiana Pacers for weeks.

George has been impressive in practice as he works his way back from a broken leg.

"Seeing the things he does in practice, it's awesome," Roy Hibbert said. "He's coming. But I don't know what's going on with, I'm not a part of it. The training staff hasn't told us what they're planning on doing, and the front office doesn't. So they collectively talk. But the things he does in practice looks like the old PG, so whenever he comes back he'll be good ... People are going to be surprised. He's going to have a big play his first couple of possessions back."

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Bird Believes Paul George Returning This Season Good For Mental State
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.

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Paul George Won't Return Saturday
Paul George is nearing his return, but he won't play on Saturday as the Pacers look to end a four-game losing streak.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Paul George To Return Within Week, As Soon As Saturday
Paul George has been out since the summer when he broke his leg in a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Paul George Unsure On Return Due To Pacers' Recent Play
Paul George wants to return to the Pacers this season from his injury but is unsure due to the team's recent strong play.

Matthew Glenesk/Indianapolis Star

Rodney Stuckey Has Strong Interest To Re-Sign With Pacers
Rodney Stuckey has averaged 13.1 points this season for the Pacers under a minimum salary.

Mark Moneith/Pacers.com

Paul George Participates In First Full Practice, Return Date Unclear
Paul George participated in his first full practice this season with the Pacers on Thursday.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Nets, Jazz, Pacers, Pistons Interested In Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason after he rejected a four-year, $48 million offer from the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ty Lawson Won't Be Traded By Nuggets At Deadline
The Nuggets were never actually interested in any Ty Lawson for George Hill swap.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Reggie Jackson Requests Trade From Thunder
Reggie Jackson has averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds for the Thunder this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Paul George Eyeing Mid-March Return
Paul George could return as soon as March 14 against the Celtics.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Paul George Doing Everything Except Contact Work
Paul George is hopeful of returning this season though he remains uncertain it will actually happen.

AP

Paul George Could Return In March
The Pacers are hopeful Paul George will be able to return this season from breaking his leg over the summer.

ESPN

Stanko Barac Pursuing NBA Deal
The Pacers control Stanko Baracís status in the NBA and have monitored his play overseas.

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Shayne Whittington Assigned To D-League By Pacers
Shayne Whittington has played in 13 games for the Pacers this season with averages of 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Quincy Miller Meeting With Pacers, Hawks, Thunder, Spurs
Quincy Miller is currently playing with the Reno Bighorns.

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Paul George Taking Part In Non-Contact Basketball Drills
Frank Vogel continues to say Paul George still isn't expected back this season for the Pacers, but he is taking part in light non-contract basketball drills.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

C.J. Watson Fined $5K For Second Anti-Flopping Violation
C.J. Watson was fined $5,000 for violating the NBA's anti-flopping rules for a second time.

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Pacers Rejected Bucks' Offer Of Sanders, Knight For Hibbert In Offseason
Roy Hibbert was a trade target of the Bucks last summer.

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