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David West Hopes To Make Season Debut Friday

David West hopes to return from a sprained ankle on Friday against the Orlando Magic.

"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after participating in practice Tuesday in San Antonio. "I'll see what he says. (But) I feel good. This last week has been good. No setbacks. The ankle is healthy which is important."

Vogel said he is hopeful West can return Friday.

West sprained his ankle Oct. 18 during a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Pacers 'Cool' On Possibility Of Paul George Returning This Season

The Indiana Pacers have "cooled" on the possibility of Paul George returning this season from his offseason injury, according to sources.

George had surgery in August to repair his devestating leg injury suffered in a USA Basketball Showcase.

The Pacers have a 5-8 record to begin the season.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Lance Stephenson Expects To Get Booed From Pacers Crowd In Return

Lance Stephenson has already visualized the scene when his name is introduced in front of the Indiana Pacers' home crowd on Wednesday.

Stephenson expects to receive boos from the crowd after leaving the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent to sign a three-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

"Honestly," Stephenson said. "I think I'm going to get booed."

Stephenson's father, Lance Stephenson Sr., maintains that leaving the Pacers was not the plan heading into free agency in the offseason.

"It was definitely a tough decision to leave but it almost was like we had no choice, to me. The next day, they signed CJ Miles so it was over from that point on," Stephenson's father said. "It was tough. It wasn't like, 'Eff, the Pacers!' It was tough to leave. I didn't think it would happen. Before free agency, if you asked me where Lance was going to be, I would've said, 'He's going to be a Pacer for life.' That was one of our goals. I'm a firm believer in sticking with the team you got drafted by."

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Pacers Get Hardship Relief Extension On A.J. Price

A.J. Price will remain on the Indiana Pacers for another 10 days after the club was granted a second injury hardship relief exception.

Price has averaged 13.0 points and 2.8 assists in six games for the Pacers.

Paul George, David West and George Hill have not played this season, while C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey are now also hurt.

Via AP

Pacers To Sign A.J. Price Due To Mekel Visa Issues

The Indiana Pacers were unable to complete their signing of Gal Mekel due to visa issues.

The Pacers are desperate to sign a point guard before Friday's game and will instead sign A.J. Price.

Price was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to sign Will Cherry.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

John Lucas III Receives Interest In NBA, China; Hoping For Stable Decision On Next Team

Free agent guard John Lucas III received interest from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, but declined those potential opportunities due to their short-term nature and has focused on making a more long-term decision, league sources told RealGM.

The Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies scoured the free-agent market for point guards after injury issues, and they contacted Lucas prior to deciding upon players this week. Lucas, who has been working out in Houston since his release from the Washington Wizards, also received proposals in the Chinese Basketball Association.

As a seven-year NBA veteran who carved an instant-offense role, Lucas had his most successful and potent stretch in 49 games for the Chicago Bulls in the 2011-12 season. Long considered a respected teammate in the locker room and prepared on the court, Lucas had four 20-point efforts that season — including a 24-point game in March 2012 against the Miami Heat.

Lucas is believed to be hoping to ultimately return to the Bulls on a deal later this season, league sources told RealGM. Chicago currently has 14 players on the roster.

“John has received interest from different teams, but to say he has declined any formal offers would be inaccurate,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee, said when reached on Wednesday. “John is in a situation, after a crazy summer, of trying to make the right decision versus any decision, but he is willing to prove himself as requested. John owes a tremendous amount of his value in the NBA to the opportunity Chicago's front office gave him there initially. Over time, it's become clear that Gar Forman has a unique ability to find value in obscure places: He signed John out of China, and he might be the best in the NBA at this. In some ways John was at the beginning of this.

“I have not had a single conversation with Gar about John since John left. The different situations just haven't lined up. Gar has found various ways to replace the role John left, including this year, and John has been under contract since leaving. I do have every belief that John will resume his NBA career soon, but to date the only opportunities John has declined have been lucrative money offers with Jilin in China earlier in the year and Fujian on Wednesday.”

Lucas, 31, has spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, signing multi-year NBA deals in 2012 and 2013. The 5-foot-11 product has scored 4.8 points and registered 1.4 assists per game in his career, and averaged 3.8 points and one assist in 42 appearances for Utah a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Pacers To Sign Gal Mekel

The Indiana Pacers are in the process of signing Gal Mekel.

Mekel was released by the Dallas Mavericks to create a roster spot for J.J. Barea.

The Pacers have suffered several injuries to their backcourt in George Hill and C.J. Watson.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks, Pacers Discussed J.R. Smith For Chris Copeland Trade

The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers recently discussed a trade of J.R. Smith for Chris Copeland, according to a source.

Copeland has an expiring contract after leaving the Knicks for the Pacers on a two-year, $6 million deal in 2013.

Smith can opt out of the $6.4 million he's owed for 15-16, but he could also wait for 2016 when the cap is expected to increase.

Phil Jackson isn't expected to make any moves until Dec. 15 when free agent signees and 2014 draft picks become eligible to be traded.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Lakers Among Teams Interested In Quincy Miller

Free agent Quincy Miller has received several inquiries from NBA teams since joining the available market on Monday, with the Los Angeles Lakers as leading suitors for the forward, league sources told RealGM.

The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers also have registered levels of intrigue in Miller, sources said.

A second round pick to Denver in the 2012 NBA Draft, Miller was a top prospect within the Nuggets’ organization as a multi-faceted player at 6-foot-10. Miller, who has gained two inches since entering the league, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds last season.

To narrow their roster to 15, the Nuggets waived Miller on Monday in order to keep Alonzo Gee -- who entered training camp on a non-guaranteed deal and earned a permanent spot.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Paul George Shoots Jumpers At Pacers' Practice

Paul George was seen shooting jumpers with teammates following the Indiana Pacers' practice on Monday.

George, who was injured during a televised Team USA intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1, said recently that he plans to play at some point during this NBA season.

He was cleared to put weight on the leg and engage in upper-body work in late September.

Via ESPN

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Stuckey: Pistons' Decline Started By Trading Away Billups

Rodney Stuckey used Chauncey Billups as a mentor while both played with the Pistons.

Pacers Exercise 15-16 Contract Option On Solomon Hill

Solomon Hill, entering his second season with the Pacers, averaged 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game last season.

Frank Vogel Signs Extension With Pacers

Frank Vogel is entering his fourth full season as head coach of the Pacers.

Paul George Keeping Hope For Return In Playoffs

Paul George is maintaining hope that he can return to the Pacers late in the season if the team makes a playoff run.

Turner Has Nothing Bad To Say About Pacers, Not Weighed Down By Expectations As Former 2nd Overall Pick

Evan Turner wasnít the only thing that didnít go Indianaís way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacersí demise.

Vogel Sees Absence Of George, Stephenson As Opportunity For Wing Players

Frank Vogel insists he believes the Pacers will continue to be a competing team despite losing Paul George to injury and Lance Stephenson in free agency.

Bird, George Release Statements For Tweets On Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Larry Bird and Paul George released statements on Thursday regarding tweets that were sent out by George stemming from Ray Rice's domestic violence incident.

Pacers Sign Arinze Onuaku To Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Pacers have signed forward Arinze Onuaku to a non-guaranteed summer contract for training camp, a league source told RealGM.

Chris Singleton To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

The Pacersí deal with free agent Chris Singleton is a summer contract for training camp, a league source told RealGM.

Ian Mahinmi Expected To Miss 2-3 Months With Shoulder Injury

Ian Mahinmi suffered a shoulder injury while playing for the French national team.

C.J. Fair To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

C.J. Fair will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Paul George Holding Out Hope For Quick Return

Paul George spoke to the media on Friday afternoon for the first time since breaking his right leg in two places while playing for Team USA two weeks.

Derrick Rose Plans To Reach Out To Paul George During Season

Derrick Rose plans to reach out to Paul George during the NBA regular season.

Shawn Marion Meets With Bird, Still Considering Options

The Cavaliers were considered the favorites to sign Shawn Marion prior to the meeting with Larry Bird.

Paul George To Change Uniform To No. 13

Paul George applied for and was granted the right to switch from No. 24 to No. 13.

MarShon Brooks Moving Toward Deal With Olimpia Milano

MarShon Brooks is moving towards finalizing a deal with Olimpia Milano Armani of Italy and the Euroleague, a source tells RealGM.

Shawn Marion Receiving Strong Push From Pacers As He Schedules More Meetings

Shawn Marion has received a strong push for a deal with the Indiana Pacers, a league source told RealGM.
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