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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman

Aug 16, 2017 12:09 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast (@NateDuncanNBA) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk (@DanFeldmanNBA) go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

They discuss how the Cavs, Bulls, Bucks, Pistons and Pacers fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, RealGM Radio

Pacers Sign Damien Wilkins, Ben Moore

Aug 15, 2017 4:04 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed free agents Damien Wilkins and Ben Moore.

The 6-6 Wilkins is a 37-year old veteran who last played in the NBA with Philadelphia in 2012-13, averaging 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. Since then he has played in China, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and with NBA Development League franchises in Iowa and Greensboro. Before joining the 76ers, Wilkins played with Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Atlanta and Detroit.

Moore is a 6-8 rookie forward who played at SMU. His senior season, he averaged 11.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. He will be designated as an affiliate player and play with the Pacers’ Gatorade League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Moore played five games with the Pacers’ summer league team in Orlando, averaging 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds.

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Tags: Ben Moore, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers Waive Kevin Seraphin

Jul 31, 2017 5:26 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin had a guarantee date coming up on his deal.

Seraphin averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game last season with the Pacers.

The Pacers signed Seraphin to a two-year, $3.6 million deal.

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Tags: Kevin Seraphin, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections

Jul 28, 2017 10:11 AM

The Indiana Pacers had Kyrie Irving as their No. 1 target when working on a Paul George trade in June.

The Pacers were willing to trade George for Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times.

Cleveland instead worked with the Pacers on a three-way trade involving Kevin Love going to the Denver Nuggets with Indiana getting a package centered around Gary Harris.

The deal fell apart when Cleveland refused to trade a future first round pick without any pick protections. The Cavaliers insisted on a lottery protection for the pick.

The Pacers pivoted to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder in which they acquired Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

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Tags: Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dan Gilbert Believes Pacers Could Have Made Better Paul George Trade

Jul 27, 2017 9:09 AM

Dan Gilbert believes the Indiana Pacers could have received a better trade package for Paul George than the one they agreed upon with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I will say that Indiana could've done better than it did," Gilbert said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers thought they had a deal in place to acquire George in a trade that would have sent Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets, and Gary Harris as the centerpiece to the Pacers.

The Pacers, however, dispute there was ever an agreement, sources said.

"That's been well-publicized," Altman said of the George deal that fell through. "I don't want to talk about that. What's interesting is, over the course of the NBA draft, there's 60 picks. In the first round, there's five minutes between picks. I probably made 200 phone calls that night, and none of that gets publicized. We're actively trying to get better and discover what opportunities that are out there. It's the ones that sort of don't make it to the media that are the ones you're more crushed about.

"So, we're very active during that time. Also, we're aggressive in trying to figure out how can we get better for this organization. So, I'm not going to talk about that specific trade, but know that we were active during that time and every team in the NBA was active during that time, trying to help their respective franchises."

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Tags: Paul George, Gary Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th

Jul 23, 2017 6:58 PM

On June 30th, the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets thought they had a Paul George deal in place.

Everyone tentatively agreed on a conference call between the teams.

George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

A call was to be arranged between George and Dan Gilbert, which was an important step before finalizing the trade. Cleveland's front office began making other plans for the offseason.

Kevin Pritchard then sent message that the Pacers were backing out and then quickly agreed to a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Paul George, Kevin Love, Gary Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 6:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June.

Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade before the end of July.

Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets before the start of free agency.

George was traded on June 30th by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Damien Wilkins Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pacers

Jul 20, 2017 9:43 AM

Damien Wilkins and the Indiana Pacers have agreed upon a one-year at the veteran's minimum.

Wilkins last played in the NBA during the 12-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wilkins played 48 games last season in the D-League with Greensboro, averaging 14.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

Wilkins has also played internationally in Puerto Rico and Venezuela. 

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Tags: Damien Wilkins, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers Waive George Niang

Jul 14, 2017 5:37 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived George Niang.

Niang appeared in 23 games with the Pacers last season.

Niang was a second round pick in 2016 out of Iowa State.

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Warriors Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Klay Thompson

Jul 13, 2017 6:54 PM

The Indiana Pacers were interested in trading Paul George to the Golden State Warriors and made an offer for Klay Thompson.

The Warriors weren't interested in trading away Thompson, who has two seasons remaining on his current contract, for George as he enters his probable walk year.

“I was aware of it,” George said of the offer to Golden State. “I would’ve looked forward to it, of just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship. But it didn’t happen. It’s still fun to team up with a special talent and have a chance to compete against that team.”

Indiana instead traded away George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

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Paul George Was Surprised By Trade To Thunder
Sam Presti said the Thunder were risking more if they didn't trade for Paul George.

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Raptors, Pacers Agree To Cory Joseph For C.J. Miles Sign-And-Trade
C.J. Miles is a free agent this offseason.

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Bojan Bogdanovic Agrees To Two-Year, $21M Deal With Pacers
Indiana would have had to sign Bojan Bogdanovic to a three-year offer if he remained a restricted free agent.

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Pacers Waive Rakeem Christmas
Rakeem Christmas appeared in 30 games and averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game over his two seasons with the Pacers.

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Pacers Waive Monta Ellis
The Pacers have waived Monta Ellis.

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Monta Ellis Discussing Buyout With Pacers
An agreement between Monta Ellis and the Pacers could be agreed upon by the end of July.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Darren Collison Agrees Upon Two-Year, $20M Deal With Pacers
Darren Collison spent the past two seasons with the Kings.

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Blazers Offered Three 2017 First Rounders, Any Non-Big 3 Player For Paul George
The Blazers attempted to trade for Paul George entering the draft.

David MacKay, Dave Deckard/Blazers Edge

Pacers Discuss Cory Joseph Trade With Raptors
The Raptors are looking to clear salary with the possibility of re-signing Kyle Lowry to a significant raise as well as Serge Ibaka.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Pacers Name Chad Buchanan GM, Promote Peter Dinwiddie
Chad Buchanan joins the Pacers after spending the last three seasons as assistant general manager for the Hornets.

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Pacers, Nuggets Interested In George Hill
Indiana traded away George Hill in June of 2016 and traded Paul George on June 30th

Marc Berman/New York Post

Pacers Were Offered Gary Harris In Three-Way Paul George Trade
The Pacers were seeking Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and multiple picks from the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Thunder Trade For Paul George From Pacers
The Thunder have traded for Paul George from the Pacers.

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Celtics Have Yet To Offer Brown, Tatum, Or Either Brooklyn, LAL/SAC FRP To Pacers
Boston is reluctant to trade for Paul George knowing he could be a one-year rental.

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Wizards Interested In Otto Porter For Paul George Sign-And-Trade
Otto Porter would have to agree to the deal in restricted free agency.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Pacers Hire Chad Buchanan As GM Under Kevin Pritchard
Chad Buchanan and Kevin Pritchard previously worked together with the Blazers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pacers Asking Celtics For Both Nets, Lakers 2018 FRP, Starting Player(s)
The Celtics consider the Pacers' most recent trade demand for Paul George to be unrealistic.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Knicks Interested In Jeff Teague
The Knicks had trade talks with the Hawks on Jeff Teague two years ago.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Paul George Willing To Commit Long-Term To Cavs If LeBron Stays
Paul George appears willing to commit to remaining with the Cavs, Spurs or Celtics if they remain title contenders.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Rockets Still Trying To Trade For 3rd Star Following Chris Paul Trade
The Rockets have been in pursuit of a trade for Paul George.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN