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Dunc'd On Pod: Indiana Pacers Preview With Candace Buckner

Oct 7, 2015 8:58 PM

Indiana Pacers beat writer Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBucknerof the Indy Star joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Pacers season and discuss the latest on Paul George at the 4 and assess the performance of the team's management  Pacers topics include: Whether Paul George is back to his old self; if George Hill can maintain his star performance from last year, who in the frontcourt can emerge, how Monta Ellis and rookie Myles Turner fit in; and where she predicts the Pacers to finish in the East.



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Pacers Sign Kadeem Jack

Oct 7, 2015 2:11 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed free agent Kadeem Jack.

Jack is a 6-9, 235 lb. forward that played collegiately at Rutgers.

The Pacers training camp roster now stands at 18.

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David West Feels He Gained More Than $11M In Joining Spurs

Sep 28, 2015 5:00 PM

David West gave up his $12.5 million player option for the 15-16 season with the Indiana Pacers to sign with the San Antonio Spurs for just $1.4 million.

West has invested his money carefully and lived modestly, which made the decision easier than some can fathom.

"People are talking about what I gave up," West told Yahoo Sports, "but not as much about what I've gained here."

West was the veteran presence for the Pacers, but he now has the chance to be the student.

"That's something I haven't been doing the last few years. You had to focus on your own mindset and mentality and then having to make sure that others are where they need to be. When you're constantly answering questions, I'll admit: It gets to be a bit much.

"I've already been picking [Manu Ginobili's] brain, asking questions. Asking Tim (Duncan) questions.

"I needed that."

West was also bothered by the way the Pacers tried to get Roy Hibbert to opt out.

"The whole four years I was there we didn't operate that way," West told Yahoo Sports. "That sort of threw me for a loop. Why, all of a sudden, are we this way? When Roy struggled a few years ago – the playoffs, the season – yeah, we challenged him, but it was more, 'Hey, you've got to participate in your own rescue.' It wasn't, 'Hey, this is all on you.' " That bothered me.

"I guess that was the motivation – they wanted to get Roy out of there – but I just felt we were all in the fight together. It isn't on one guy, it's on the group. It's not on one coach, it's on the unit. That situation shook me up. Roy was a huge part of what we had done – two Eastern Conference finals runs.

"I didn't think he deserved that."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Paul George Believes He Can Become NBA's Best Player

Sep 28, 2015 1:12 PM

Paul George is more than a year removed from his leg injury in 2014 during a Team USA scrimmage and is confident he's all the way back physically.

“Honestly, I feel like I’m better than the Paul George I was (before),” George told USA TODAY Sports. “I do understand that I’m coming back as a fresh new player, with a new team, but I’m not limiting myself. I still have the aspiration of being the MVP, still have the aspiration of being one of the best defenders, one of the best scorers in the league. All of that is still there. But now I just feel like I’m much … wiser. I’m a better ballhandler, a better playmaker. I just feel like everything is just enhanced having a year out from the game."

George believes he can become the NBA's best player this season.

“Myself,” he said when asked which player enters this season as the best. “I honestly feel that this is my time to prove it. There’s always going to be people’s opinions. There’s always going to be people thinking otherwise. But this is my time to prove it, and I’m ready. I’m ready to show the world.”

One day before he got hurt in 2014, George, Kevin Durant and James Harden took turns in one-on-one battles that are rarely seen at that level.

“(The injury) really made me put everything in perspective, that this game can be gone at any second,” George said. “I had to look at the reality of it, that I’ve got to enjoy it. Enjoy this ride, enjoy this journey. It made me change the way I look at a lot of things. I’m much more happy.

“I’m loving the position that I’m in and where I’ve been blessed to be. I just see things in a different light now being away from the game for a year.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Paul George Remains Concerned About Playing Heavy Minutes At Power Forward

Sep 24, 2015 5:27 PM

The Indiana Pacers want to play small with Paul George receiving significant minutes at power forward, but he's skeptical.

“Um, you know it’s, uh, I was open for – to try it out,” George said. “It’s definitely a change. It’s something new. We’ll see how it goes. As the season goes, it might be better for me to just be at my regular position. But I told them I was open to the situation and (we’ll) see where it goes.”

George is still coming back from a broken leg and playing power forward will be more physically demanding.

“Yeah, I believe (that’s his main concern),” George said. “It’s just being outmatched strength-wise with guys at the four spot is really the only concern. It’s not really the concern for one game. It’s the concern just over the course of a season just how my body would take it, especially coming off the injury that I had and a whole year of rehabbing. Just not sure of how it’s going to take it. (We’ll) start camp, see how camp goes. Again, I’m not too thrilled on it, but it could change the more comfortable I get at the position. But we’ll see. But again, I could very much end up loving it, so it’s all up in the air. I’m open to the position.”

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C.J. Fair Signs Camp Deal With Pacers

Sep 11, 2015 2:18 AM

C.J. Fair has agreed upon a one-year camp deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Fair played last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League after going undrafted out of Syracuse.

Fair played for the Boston Celtics in Summer League.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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Pacers Acquire Fort Wayne May Ants Of D-League

Sep 9, 2015 1:39 PM

Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the Indiana Pacers, has acquired the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the National Basketball Association’s Development League.

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. With the acquisition, the Mad Ants become the 10th D-League team to be wholly owned by an NBA franchise and now all 19 D-League teams are singly-affiliated with NBA franchises.

“We are proud to extend the Pacers brand into Northeast Indiana and excited about continuing the tradition of professional basketball in Fort Wayne,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon. “We will work closely with the Mad Ants staff to provide support and expertise on both the business and basketball sides and we hope to build on their enthusiastic fan base.”

The Mad Ants were previously owned by the Fort Wayne Basketball Group, LLC, which was led by majority investors John Zeglis, Julie Potter, and Jeff Potter. Jeff Potter, former president of the Mad Ants, will continue with the team as its president of business operations.

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Toney Douglas To Sign With Pacers

Aug 7, 2015 12:51 AM

Toney Douglas will sign with the Indiana Pacers.

Douglas was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans last month.

Douglas is working out with the Pacers.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

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Pacers To Purchase D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Aug 1, 2015 2:21 PM

The Indiana Pacers are expected to purchase the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.

The Mad Ants have been the D-League's lone independent affiliate.

There would be a remaining 11 teams without a D-League franchise.

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Jordan Hill Arrested On Reckless Driving Charge

Jul 31, 2015 7:19 PM

Jordan Hill was arrested near Atlanta on charges of reckless driving and speeding after police clocked his car going 107 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.

According to the police report, Hill was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. A police officer from Alpharetta, Georgia, wrote that Hill explained he was “in a hurry.”


Hill signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Pacers on July 14. Last season, Hill averaged 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Rakeem Christmas Signs Four-Year, $4.3M Deal With Pacers
The first two seasons are guaranteed while the second two are partially guaranteed for Rakeem Christmas, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Glenn Robinson III Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Pacers
Glenn Robinson played 35 games in his rookie season for the Timberwolves and 76ers.

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Rakeem Christmas Traded To Pacers, Signs Four-Year Deal
Rakeem Christmas was the No. 36 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Pacers Acquire Rakeem Christmas From Cavs For Second Round Pick
The Pacers have acquired forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cavaliers in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick

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Pacers To Wear Hickory Uniforms To Honor Movie 'Hoosiers'
MGM and the Pacers partnered to bring the uniform to the court.

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Bird: Paul George Don't Make Decisions Around Here About Position Minutes
Larry Bird was asked about Paul George not wanting to play a lot of minutes at a position that will be more taxing on his body.

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Joe Young, Pacers Agree Upon Four-Year, $4M-Plus Deal
The first two seasons of Joe Young's deal are guaranteed, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Pacers Acquire Chase Budinger From Wolves For Damjan Rudez
Chase Budinger has averaged 8.5 points per game in his NBA career.

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Shayne Whittington Re-Signs With Pacers
Shayne Whittington has agreed to re-sign with the Pacers on a one-year, guaranteed contract, agent Ron Shade tells RealGM.

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Jordan Hill Agrees To Sign With Pacers
The Lakers declined their team option on Jordan Hill this offseason.

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Lakers Acquire Roy Hibbert From Pacers For 2nd Round Pick
Roy Hibbert had been with the Pacers since 2008.

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Rodney Stuckey, Pacers Agree In Principle On Three-Year, $21M Deal
Rodney Stuckey has agreed in principle on a three-year, $21 million contract to re-sign with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Lakers Agree To Trade With Pacers For Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert didn't fit into the Pacers' future plans.

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Pacers, Lavoy Allen Agree Upon Multi-Year Contract
Lavoy Allen was acquired by the Pacers in the 2014 deadline deal also involving Evan Turner and Danny Granger.

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Monta Ellis Agrees To Four-Year, $44M Deal With Pacers
Monta Ellis was also receiving strong interest from the Kings.

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Mavs Interested In Trading For Roy Hibbert
If the Mavericks don't sign DeAndre Jordan, they have interest in trading for Roy Hibbert.

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David West Interested In Spurs, Warriors
David West would have to take a veteran's minimum deal to play with the Warriors and would likely take a significant pay cut to play for the Spurs.

Sam Amick/USA Today

David West Didn't Like Treatment Of Hibbert But Opted Out For Title Chance
David West attempted to explain his decision to opt out of his contract with the Pacers for free agency.

Bob Kravitz/WTHR

Pacers Pushing To Sign Monta Ellis
Larry Bird has reportedly been determined to secure Monta Ellis to a contract and the Pacers are pushing hard to close a deal.

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Kings, Pacers Interested In Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis is expected to be in talks with the Pacers, Kings, Hawks and Heat.

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