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

Evan Turner was supposed to push the Indiana Pacers over the hump last spring, but they ended falling at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second-straight season.

Turner’s arrival, which came via a deadline trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, wasn’t the only thing that didn’t go Indiana’s way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacers’ demise.

“I did the best I could. When coach asked me to do something, I tried my best to do it,” Turner said of his short tenure with the Pacers, which he knows many viewed as a disappointment.

“Whether it was bring the ball up, pass it off or anything else. The thing that put a big hit on it was that I wasn’t putting up 15 points per game. I feel like I took a big hit on that, but I just tried to fit in and shoot when I could. Rebound, play defense. A lot of times those things get blown up.”

In 27 appearances with Indiana, Turner scored just 7.1 points on 41.1% shooting in 21.1 minutes per game. For his career, Turner has averaged 11.1 points on 42.7% shooting. Never an efficient offensive player, issues were magnified in Indiana.

“I had certain scoring outbursts and then other nights I only shot three times or something like that,” the swingman said. “That’s just how the game goes and you go along with it.”

Turner was also involved in some controversy with then-teammate Lance Stephenson. A Yahoo! Sports report claimed that Stephenson and Turner fought during practice as the Pacers were preparing for the Atlanta Hawks, their first-round opponent.

“I thought it was a great experience,” said Turner, who refused to say anything outwardly negative. “Once again, surrounding the Pacers there were a lot of rumors, a lot of controversy towards them and it made things seems crazier than it probably was.”

Turner watched his value decrease as he entered free agency, eventually landing a two-year, $6.7 million deal with the Boston Celtics. The No. 2 overall pick in 2010, who will turn 26 on Oct. 27, insists that he isn’t trying to silence any critics.

“I’m not coming in here like I have anything to prove, I really just want to get into a groove and make the best of my opportunity,” Turner said. “That’s really it. I’m not trying to prove anything to anybody else; I’m trying to prove something to myself. I have to look in the mirror. If I tried to prove myself to other people, I’d probably go crazy.”

Turner said there were no discussions between his agent and the Pacers this summer about a potential return.

“No, we both kind of decided that we were just going to go our separate ways and that was pretty much it,” he admitted.

A polarizing figure at both of his previous NBA stops, Turner is comfortable enough in his own skin to know someone is always going to find something wrong with his game given the expectations with which he entered the league.

“Too much is given, too much is expected, that’s just the way of life. When it comes down to it you know there are a hundred ways you can attack the story of me and how my career is going,” Turner opined. 

“The one thing I always try to say is I’m getting better every year. I look at these past years, I feel like I’ve made jumps. When it comes down to it, next to my name you’ll either say the No. 2 pick before or after, so things come along with that. I’ve always just tried to fit in the best way I could. It hasn’t been the 25 points everyone has been expecting and whatever occurred, but I’m just worried about what’s happening now.”

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

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

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

“We’re going to be fine,” Vogel said. “We’ve got more than enough to compete with the best and we’re going to have another great season. Our approach is, we’re going to try to not skip a beat.

“Two guys being gone – Lance being gone, Paul not being with us because of injury – creates opportunities for other guys. Both at that position and also at other positions to carry a bigger role.”

Vogel sees the lack of George and Stephenson next season as further opportunity for wing players, including Chris Copeland and free agent acquisitions C.J. Miles, Rodney Stuckey and Damjan Rudez.

“Those guys are solid NBA veterans,” Vogel said. “It’s not like we’re going to fill the spots with guys who were in the D League last year. And we feel [2013 first-rounder] Solomon Hill is going to be an elite defensive player and a guy who can knock down open shots. We could have played him 25 minutes a game last year and we would have been all right. We just had such depth.

“Chris Copeland is going to get a chance to play more. Damjan Rudez, one of the best shooters in Europe, is coming over to play at the ‘three’ or the ‘four.’ So we’ve got answers. You look at that, combined with our point guard rotation’s intact with George Hill and C.J. Watson, our big rotation’s intact with [Luis] Scola, [Roy] Hibbert and [Ian] Mahinmi. There are reasons to be optimistic.”

Via Steve Aschburner/NBA.com

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 in the NFL.

"Paul George's tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society," Bird said. "We have talked to Paul to strongly express our displeasure and made it clear that the NBA and the Pacers' organization will not condone or tolerate remarks of this nature. Paul understands that he was wrong and why his tweets were so inappropriate and is very apologetic."

"I want to apologize to all victims of domestic abuse for my insensitive tweets," George said. "They were obviously without proper understanding of the seriousness of the situation and I sincerely regret my poor choice of words."‎

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pacers Sign Arinze Onuaku To Non-Guaranteed Deal

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

Onuaku will join C.J. Fair, Chris Singleton and Adonis Thomas as wing players battling for a regular-season roster spot, a blend of youthful and veteran athletes competing in training camp.

Onuaku, an active forward at 6-foot-9, began last season with the New Orleans Pelicans before being waived and re-joining the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. He then received a call up to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February.

Onuaku, 27, played his college basketball at Syracuse.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Chris Singleton To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

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

Singleton, the 18th pick in the 2011 NBA draft, averaged 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in three seasons with the Washington Wizards.

Singleton, 24, played his college basketball at Florida State.

David Pick of Eurobasket.com first reported that Singleton had committed to a deal with the Pacers.

Via Shams Charania/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.

Mahinmi will likely be sidelined two to three months, according to a France team doctor.

Via Indianapolis Star

C.J. Fair To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

Free agent rookie C.J. Fair of Syracuse has received a training camp invitation from the Indiana Pacers and will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the franchise, league sources told RealGM.

After four collegiate seasons, Fair went undrafted in June and played for the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas summer league. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged four points and 2.6 rebounds in five games for Dallas’ entry – including a vicious left-handed dunk on the Toronto Raptors.

Fair, 22, scored 16.5 points per game as a senior for Syracuse.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Marion also received interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers could only offer Marion a veteran's minimum deal, but the chance to play alongside LeBron James and compete for a title clinched his decision.

Marion met with Larry Bird earlier this week and could offer more money, but the Pacers would only spend as much on him using their Paul George injury exception as would be allowed while staying under the tax.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Marion has met recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, but remains unsigned.

The Miami Heat also remain interested in Marion.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Paul George Holding Out Hope For Quick Return

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

All indications have been that he will miss the 2014-15 season, but the All-Star is holding out hope that he'll heal quickly.

"I don't mind taking a year off to get better for the next season," said George, who was supported by his parents, Frank Vogel, Roy Hibbert and George Hill at the press conference. When asked again about the coming season, George admitted that he's "holding out a little hope."

George stated several times that he and Indiana's training staff are trying to avoid a timetable for his return. He expects to begin rehabilitating his knee as soon as next week, but is currently limited to laying around his house.

There is a rod down George's right leg held together with pins through his knee and ankle.

George thanked countless people for their support in the wake of the injury and was very clear in his support of USA Basketball.

"It just happen, freak accidents happen," he said, adding that he still hopes to be a part of Team USA two years from now at the Olympics in Brazil.

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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.

Pacers Expressing Interest In MarShon Brooks

The Pacers have MarShon Brooks on a short list of free agent possibilities, league sources told RealGM.

Paul George Undergoes Surgery, Expected To Miss 14-15 Season

While there was no additional damage besides the fractures, doctors believe Paul George likely will miss all of next season.

Paul George Suffers Horrific Leg Injury

Paul George was taken to the hospital and the remainder of the game was canceled.

Falk: Trading Turner Wasn't Blockbuster For 76ers

Evan Turner's agent, David Falk, believes the 76ers didn't make an expecially strong trade in dealing his client to the Pacers.

Chris Singleton Receives Interest From Heat, Pacers

Chris Singleton played in just 25 games (250 minutes) this past season after the Wizards declined their fourth-year option on his contract.

Bird: Pacers Did What We Could To Keep Stephenson

The Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract.

Lance Stephenson Agrees To Three-Year, $27.5M Deal With Hornets

Lance Stephenson’s contract with the Hornets will have the annual salary structure of $9 million in Years 1 and 2 and $9.5 million in Year 3, a source said.

Hornets Explore Contract With Lance Stephenson

The Hornets are now exploring the possibility of signing Lance Stephenson.

Evan Turner Receives Interest From Celtics, Wolves

Evan Turner has found his market to be tepid in free agency.

Hornets To Pursue Lance Stephenson With Hayward's Contract Matched

The Pacers have a five-year, $44 million offer on the table to Lance Stephenson.

Lance Stephenson Receiving Interest From Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics

The Pacers have offered a five-year, $44 million contract to Lance Stephenson.

Lavoy Allen Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pacers

Lavoy Allen was traded to the Pacers by the 76ers at the deadline in a deal also involving Evan Turner.

Pacers Attempt To Engage Suns On Goran Dragic Trade

The Pacers are known to be seeking an upgrade at point guard.

C.J. Miles Agrees To Four-Year, $18M Deal With Pacers

The Pacers have agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal with C.J. Miles.

Pacers Agree To Three-Year Deal With Damjan Rudez

Damjan Rudez, who is 6-foot-10, plays the coveted NBA stretch-four position.
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