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Pacers Waive Omari Johnson, Elijah Stewart

Oct 11, 2018 4:11 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived forward Omari Johnson and guard Elijah Stewart.

Johnson is a 28-year-old forward out of Oregon State who played in four games for Memphis last season. He appeared in one preseason game for Indiana, collecting five rebounds in 12 minutes against the Grizzlies on Oct. 6.

Stewart is 6-5 rookie guard out of USC. He appeared in two games during the preseason, tallying five points, two rebounds, and a block in 20 minutes against Memphis on Oct. 6 and collecting two points, one rebound, and one assist in six minutes against Chicago on Oct. 10.

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USA Basketball Appoints Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan, Jay Wright As Assistant Coaches

Oct 11, 2018 9:28 AM

The USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching staff today was finalized with the announcement that NBA head coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) and Nate McMillan and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright have been selected as assistant coaches for the 2019-20 USA Basketball Men’s National Team.

Kerr, McMillan and Wright join USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to complete USA National Team coaching staff. The coaches will lead the USA National Team in 2019-20, which, if the USA qualifies, could include the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019) and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (July 24-Aug. 9).

"Led by coach Popovich, we have assembled an incredible coaching staff for the USA National Team, and we are excited to have Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright join the team as assistant coaches," said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of USA Basketball Men’s National Team program since 2005. "It’s special that each coach has prior USA Basketball experience as either a player or coach, and each coach has compiled a successful and impressive resume. I’m very confident that the USA Basketball National Team is in excellent hands the next two years."

"I am honored and fortunate to have such gifted coaches share this USA Basketball responsibility with me," said Popovich, a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. "Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright are not just knowledgeable, dedicated individuals, but they exhibit the creativity, tenacity and respect for the game needed to compete in the international arena.

"I look forward to joining them as USA Basketball attempts to extend the stellar success they've enjoyed over the past 12 years."

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Pacers Exercise 19-20 Options On Domantas Sabonis, TJ Leaf

Sep 26, 2018 5:23 PM

The Indiana Pacers have picked up the team options for the 2019-20 season on the contracts of TJ Leaf (third year) and Domantas Sabonis (fourth year).

The Pacers picked Leaf in the 2017 NBA draft.

Sabonis was acquired by the Pacers in the 2017 Paul George trade.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders

Sep 19, 2018 1:17 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award numbers for the Hawks (4:41), Knicks (9:40), Bulls (12:44), Cavs (16:02), Magic (28:57), Nets (33:12), Hornets (40:34), Pistons (47:37), Heat (54:34), Wizards (58:45), Pacers (1:02:37), Bucks (1:10:22), 76ers (1:18:16), Raptors (1:31:27) and Celtics (1:41:47).

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Ben Moore Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Pacers

Sep 5, 2018 11:41 AM

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to sign Ben Moore to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract.

Moore is part of the USA's World Qualifying Team training camp.

Moore played two games with the Pacers last season and 43 games with Fort Wayne in the G League.

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Pacers Sign Nate McMillan To Contract Extension

Sep 4, 2018 1:58 PM

The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday they have signed Nate McMillan to a multi-year contract extension as head coach. 

McMillan will enter his third season as Pacers’ coach after serving as the team’s Associate Head Coach for three seasons under Frank Vogel. In his first two seasons, the 54-year-old McMillan has a 90-74 record and helped guide the Pacers to two playoff appearances. Before the 2017-18 season, the Pacers were projected by many to be a lottery team, but ended up one of the biggest surprises in the NBA with a 48-34 record and a No. 5 seed in the East. The Pacers lost to Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but extended the Cavaliers in a closely-contested seven-game series. McMillan finished sixth in Coach of the Year balloting.          

“I’m really proud of what Nate and our coaching staff have done,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “Nate is very deserving of this extension. We have a wonderful culture and he has been a big part of implementing that culture. He’s dedicated leader, a very good coach and we’re lucky to have him here with the Pacers.”

“I’m very appreciative of Kevin and Mr. Simon (team owner, Herb Simon) for this show of faith in what we are doing,” said McMillan. “Going back two years ago when I was hired, the trust Larry (Bird) and Mr. Simon had in myself and my staff meant a lot. Now with this extension, it’s an affirmation of what we all – front office, coaches, players, staff – are trying to accomplish.”

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RealGM Radio: Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman On The Central Division

Aug 8, 2018 3:18 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) break down the Central Division.

They discuss how the Bucks, Bulls, Cavs, Pacers and Pistons 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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Pacers Sign C.J. Wilcox To Two-Way Contract

Aug 3, 2018 12:27 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed C.J. Wilcox to a two-way contract. 

Wilcox was originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 28th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He signed a two-way contract with the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2017-18 season, and averaged 10.4 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G League. Wilcox last appeared in the NBA with the Orlando Magic during the 2016-17 season and has averaged 2.0 points per game over three NBA seasons with the Clippers and Magic.

Wilcox appeared in all five games for the Pacers’ Summer League team in Las Vegas in July. He averaged 9.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from three-point range.

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Nate McMillan Agrees To Extension With Pacers Through 20-21

Aug 1, 2018 2:19 PM

Nate McMillan has agreed to a contract extension with the Indiana Pacers through the 20-21 season.

McMillan would have entered the final season of his original three-year deal.

McMillan is 90-74 in two seasons as the Pacers' head coach after serving as the team's associate head coach for three seasons under Frank Vogel.

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Pacers Had 'Qualms' Offering Supermax To Paul George Had He Qualified In 2017

Jul 27, 2018 11:14 AM

The Indiana Pacers had "qualms" about signing Paul George to a supermax contract extension in 2017 had he made an All-NBA team to become eligible for one.

George didn't qualify and the Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder when he requested a trade.

George re-signed with the Thunder in 2018.

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Jahlil Okafor Linked With Heat, Pacers, Bulls
Jahlil Okafor worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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Pacers Sign Alize Johnson To Fully Guaranteed Deal For 18-19
The Pacers selected Alize Johnson with the 50th overall pick in the second roun.

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Elijah Stewart Agrees To Training Camp Deal With Pacers
Elijah Stewart went undrafted out of USC.

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Kyle O'Quinn Agrees To One-Year, $4.5M Deal With Pacers
Kyle O'Quinn opted out of his contract with the Knicks worth $4.2 million.

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Paul George: I Wanted To Come To Lakers A Year Ago But They Didn't Trade For Me
Paul George agreed to join with the Thunder at the start of free agency and didn't take a meeting with the Lakers.


Pacers Agrees Upon One-Year, $12M Deal With Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans spent last season with the Grizzlies.

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Lance Stephenson Agrees To Sign With Lakers On One-Year, $4.5M Deal
Lance Stepenson and LeBron James have battled in many playoff series over the years.

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Glenn Robinson III Agrees Upon Two-Year, $8.3M Deal With Pistons
The Pistons will have a team option on the second season of Glenn Robinson's deal.

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Doug McDermott Agrees Upon Three-Year, $22M Deal With Pacers
The Mavericks rescinded their qualifying offer to Doug McDermott to allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

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Pacers Guaranteeing $10.5M Contract Of Bojan Bogdanovic
The Pacers are attempting to operate as a under the tax team.

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Thaddeus Young Picks Up $13.7M Option With Pacers
Thaddeus Young will not become a free agent until 2019.

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Pacers Plan On Pursuing Aaron Gordon With Four-Year, $80M+ Offer Sheet
Aaron Gordon's fit with the Magic long-term is unclear due to the recent drafts of Mohamed Bamba and Jonathan Isaac.

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Victor Oladipo Named 2018 Most Improved Player
Victor Oladipo has been named the 17-18 Most Improved Player, beating out Clint Capela and Spencer Dinwiddie.

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Paul George Critical Of Pacers Declining Option On Lance Stephenson
Paul George responded on Instagram to a report that the Pacers had declined their option on Lance Stephenson.

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Pacers Decline $4.3M Option On Lance Stephenson
The Pacers plan on maintaining as much cap space as possible for free agency.

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Pacers Plan On Keeping Bojan Bogdanovic At $10.5M
Bojan Bogdanovic's contract becomes guaranteed on June 29th.

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

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Cavs Could Have Acquired Paul George Last June If LeBron James Committed Long-Term
The Cavaliers discussed a trade for Paul George last June that could have allowed them to keep Kyrie Irving in the process.

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Thaddeus Young Considering Declining $13.7M Player Option
Thaddeus Young's decision is being impacted by his desire for a long-term contract.

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Kevin Pritchard Wants To Know If Paul George Fits Pacers Before Pursuing Him In Free Agency
The Pacers could have max cap space to sign Paul George.

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