Aug 25, 2014 10:14 AM EDT
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.
Aug 17, 2014 11:16 AM EDT
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.
Aug 17, 2014 10:23 AM EDT
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.
Aug 15, 2014 2:53 PM EDT
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.
Aug 15, 2014 12:45 AM EDT
Derrick Rose discussed his wishes to Paul George on Thursday, after the Indiana Pacers' forward suffered a fracture in his leg in Team USA's first exhibition game.
Rose plans to reach out to George during the NBA regular season.
“You wish that on no one,” Rose said. “The only thing we can do is pray for him. During the season, when everything is still going, I'm going to try to hit him up as much as possible and just let him know I'm thinking about him.”
Rose is confident about his own status heading into Day 2 of Team USA's camp in Chicago.
"I have no fears, I have faith,” Rose said. “I know that I'm going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers — you can say two seasons — to get back to where I am right now. Just try to keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I've been doing.
“I think everything will go my way.”
Aug 12, 2014 12:26 AM EDT
Shawn Marion met with Larry Bird in Indianapolis on Monday.
Marion is being pursued by the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers were considered the favorites to sign Marion prior to the meeting.
Marion is a free agent after being with the Dallas Mavericks since 2009.
Aug 11, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
Before the deadline in the first week of March, Paul George applied for and was granted the right to switch from No. 24 to No. 13.
Per league rules for a player who changes jersey numbers on the same team, George will have to buy up all remaining No. 24s from the marketplace.
"That's got a ring to it, PG-13," George said on Jimmy Kimmel in January.
Over the past month, George has tweeted trece, which means 13 in Spanish, seven times.
Aug 05, 2014 11:57 PM EDT
Unrestricted free agent MarShon Brooks is progressing toward finalizing contract terms with Olimpia Milano Armani of the European League, a source told RealGM.
Brooks had been in dialogue with NBA teams before advancing in negotiations with Olimpia Milano on Tuesday night. For Brooks, the Italian club holds great appeal for its financial stability and opportunity to play significant minutes in a supreme overseas league.
Brooks previously received interest from the Indiana Pacers this offseason.
Brooks finished this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers after previously playing for both the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. Brooks was traded by the Brooklyn Nets to the Celtics last July.
Aug 05, 2014 5:00 PM EDT
Shawn Marion, the best unrestricted free agent on the market, has received inquries from the Indiana Pacers and a strong push on a potential deal with the franchise, a league source told RealGM.
Marion spent a half-day in Cleveland to meet with the Cavaliers on Monday, and he remains intrigued about the opportunity to join LeBron James and possibly Kevin Love – even on a veteran-minimum contract.
Marion has since left Cleveland and is scheduling further meetings with NBA teams, a source said.
The Pacers had reached out to Marion early in free agency, before signing C.J. Miles and Rodney Stuckey. In the wake of Paul George’s injury, Indiana has turned its attention to replenishing the wing position and several veteran scorers remain available, including Jordan Hamilton and Jordan Crawford.
For five seasons, Marion stabilized the Dallas Mavericks with a high-energy, durable and productive starting small forward – signified in the 2011 championship. The 36-year-old averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 76 games last season.
Aug 03, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
Scouring for a wing player in the aftermath of Paul George’s leg injury, the Indiana Pacers have MarShon Brooks on a short list of free agent possibilities, league sources told RealGM.
Brooks played for the Sacramento Kings in the Las Vegas summer league last month, averaging 10.1 points and 53.1 percent field-goal shooting in seven games. After a disappointing stretch early in his career, Brooks has needed to re-prove himself as an effective NBA scorer whom the Brooklyn Nets acquired with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
After four collegiate seasons at Providence, Brooks averaged 12.6 points as a rookie, but the 6-foot-5 swingman has suffered fluctuation of his playing time and game condition. Brooks, 25, has played three pro seasons with four different teams, scoring 7.7 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent.
The Kings and an Eastern Conference contender have also been in discussions with Brooks, sources told RealGM. Brooks split last season with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
George sustained a fracture in his right leg in Team USA's exhibition game on Friday night, a devastating blow to one of the league’s best talents, the Pacers and USA Basketball. His dad, Paul George Sr., told the Indianapolis Star that the expectation is for George to miss the entire 2014-15 season. Nevertheless, George has received a stream of support – privately and publicly – from teammates, former teammates and competitors.
“Paul’s character," one league friend said when asked about a leading reason for the outpouring encouragement since George's injury.
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While there was no additional damage besides the fractures, doctors believe Paul George likely will miss all of next season.
Paul George was taken to the hospital and the remainder of the game was canceled.
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 played in just 25 games (250 minutes) this past season after the Wizards declined their fourth-year option on his contract.
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’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.
The Hornets are now exploring the possibility of signing Lance Stephenson.
Evan Turner has found his market to be tepid in free agency.
The Pacers have a five-year, $44 million offer on the table to Lance Stephenson.
The Pacers have offered a five-year, $44 million contract to Lance Stephenson.
Lavoy Allen was traded to the Pacers by the 76ers at the deadline in a deal also involving Evan Turner.
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The Pacers are known to be seeking an upgrade at point guard.
The Pacers have agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal with C.J. Miles.
Damjan Rudez, who is 6-foot-10, plays the coveted NBA stretch-four position.
The Bulls, Lakers and Hornets are believed to also be interested in Lance Stephenson.
Miles missed the final two months of this past season with an ankle injury, but shot a career-high 39 percent on threes.
Evan Turner was traded to the Pacers by the 76ers in February and failed to make a meaningful impact.
The Pacers have produced a movie in Lance Stephenson's honor that will be shown after midnight when free agency begins.
Damjan Rudez is being seen as a potential low-cost, free-agent possibility.
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