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Pacers To Sign Ben Moore To Two-Way Contract

Jan 12, 2018 10:08 AM

The Indiana Pacers will sign Ben Moore to a two-way contract.

Moore had been playing in the G-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Moore is averaging 11.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 28.1 minutes per game.

Moore played for the Pacers in Summer League.

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Pacers Waive Damien Wilkins

Jan 7, 2018 6:45 PM

The Indiana Pacers have requested waivers on forward Damien Wilkins.

Wilkins played in 19 games, starting one, and averaged 1.7 points per game.

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Pacers Believed Brian Shaw Tampered With Paul George

Jan 3, 2018 3:20 PM

The NBA found no evidence of tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers to Paul George as it relates to Brian Shaw.

The league investigated their relationship over the summer.

Paul George publicly denied there were any elements of tampering by Shaw while revealing that the Pacers believed there was.

Shaw was associated head coach of the Pacers in 11-12 and 12-13 before joining the Denver Nuggets as head coach. Shaw was hired as associate head coach of the Lakers under Luke Walton in 2016.

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Kyrie Irving Believed LeBron James' Camp Orchestrated Initial Trade Talks

Jan 3, 2018 9:16 AM

Kyrie Irving came to believe the camp of LeBron James orchestrated trade talks involving him last June shortly before the departure of David Griffin.

The Cavaliers explored a three-way trade with the Suns and Pacers that would have seen Irving and Channing Frye to to the Suns with Eric Bledsoe and Paul George going to Cleveland. The Suns resisted the scenario over the No. 4 pick. Phoenix used that pick on Josh Jackson.

Team and league sources refute the notion that James' camp initiated the talks as it was Griffin that pursued the deal on his own. Griffin sensed the unhappiness of Irving and was preparing for the possibility that he would request a trade.

Irving remained silent about how the Cavaliers explored trading him when his trade request became public.

"I didn't feel the need to say anything because I knew the truth, and so did they," Irving said. "So it didn't matter what others said. They didn't want me there."

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul George: I Would Have Loved Trade To My Home City

Jan 2, 2018 2:36 PM

Paul George was asked whether he had any regrets about his wish to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers be reported before he was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the Indiana Pacers.

"No regrets at all. All was said was a destination I would love to go," said George. "There wasn’t a ‘Hey, gunpoint to the head, send me here.’ I just stated it was somewhere I wanted to go play. You ask 80, 70 percent of guys in the league if they would love to go back home and play for their city, play for their home. That’s all I stated that I would have loved to go back home and played for my city. No regrets. No regrets at all. I thought this trade that went down was a win-win for both sides and I’m happy for both of them.”

George will be a free agent this offseason and continues to be linked to the Lakers.

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Pacers Convert Alex Poythress To Standard Contract

Dec 28, 2017 1:41 PM

The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have signed forward Alex Poythress to a standard NBA contract. 

Poythress has been a two-way player this season, splitting time between the Pacers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League. Poythress will no longer be a two-way player. He has appeared in 11 games for the Pacers this season.

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Paul George: Pacers' Success Provides Closure

Dec 13, 2017 3:07 PM

While Paul George feels closure over his tenure with the Indiana Pacers, he does feel a sense of regret over how it ended.

"I think both sides -- myself and the front office -- would definitely like to have handled things better," George said. "I for sure will take ownership on that. But I have no regrets on the outcome."

George declined to say specifically what those regrets are. "I know what I would've changed," he said, "but I'll keep that to myself."

The Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Oladipo has become an All-Star candidate with the Pacers.

"It's more so of Indiana doing well -- where they're at now, that was closure for me," George said. "At the end of the day, when we reached out to the front office to tell them our plans, our future plans, it was to help them along the way, and it was bad at first, so to speak, that they thought with this trade it wasn't gonna pan out. But it obviously did.

"They got two great young pieces, so that was good for me to see that this franchise changed the locker room and [is] going in the right direction."

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Indiana To Host 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Dec 13, 2017 8:43 AM

The Indiana Pacers will host the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

Indianapolis last hosted the All-Star Game in 1985 when it was held in the Hoosier Dome. Ralph Sampson won MVP honors in that year's edition.

This year's All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles, followed by Charlotte and Chicago.

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Victor Oladipo, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Dec 11, 2017 4:17 PM

Victor Oladipo and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Oladipo led the Pacers to four straight wins last week, averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.8 steals. Oladipo shot 51.2 percent from the field and 47.5 from 3-point range over the four games.

Durant led the Warriors to a 3-0 record on the week, capping off a perfect six-game road-trip, and in the process becoming just the 11th team in NBA history to have a 6-0 record on a road-trip. He averaged 30.0 points to go with 9.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.00 steal and 2.67 blocks in 36.4 minutes per game. 

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Victor Oladipo: Criticism Of Pacers For Paul George Trade Bothers Me

Nov 29, 2017 10:43 AM

Victor Oladipo was traded during the month of June during each of the past two years. First, Oladipo was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder and again by the Thunder to the Indiana Pacers.

Oladipo was informed of the trade by a friend, who had read about it on Twitter.

"Being traded twice in [that timespan], it makes you feel like people don't want you," Oladipo says now. "You start second-guessing yourself. Doubt starts to creep in a bit."

The trade the Pacers made for Paul George was widely criticized as Oladipo had disappointed in his lone season with the Thunder.

"Of course it bothers me," Oladipo said of the criticism of the deal. "But people's opinions, they are what they are. I can't control that. All I can control is how hard I work."

Nate McMillan expressed to Oladipo how the Pacers were viewing him as a potential centerpiece of their rebuild.

"By making this move, management is saying they're going to build around you," McMillan recalls telling Oladipo. "But I don't want you to put any added pressure on yourself. So do your thing, play freely, and we'll figure out how you begin leading this organization."

Oladipo is averaging 23 points per game while shooting a career high 47.4 percent from the field. 

"I feel like I'm in a very comfortable situation now—the most comfortable I've ever been since I've been in the NBA," Oladipo says. "Sometimes, a player might not be in the best situation, but people will still label you and judge you regardless."

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Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving requested a trade approximately eight days after Paul George was traded to the Thunder.

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Victor Oladipo, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Victor Oladipo and DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Pacers Waive Jarrod Uthoff
Jarrod Uthoff went undrafted in 2016 out of Iowa and played nine games last season with the Mavericks.

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Glenn Robinson III Out Two Months With Ankle Surgery
Glenn Robinson's timetable for return has been extended by two to four weeks due to the surgery.

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Glenn Robinson III Expected To Miss Two Months With Ankle Injury
Glenn Robinson III suffered the injury in a practice scrimmage, crumbling to the floor after a drive to the basket.

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Jarrod Uthoff Agrees To Deal With Pacers
Jarrod Uthoff passed on EuroLeague offers as well as offers from three other NBA teams.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Pacers Sign DeQuan Jones, Trey McKinney-Jones
DeQuan Jones and Trey McKinney-Jones were undrafted in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

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NBA Exec: Tampering Rules Archaic, Difficult To Enforce
The general consensus is tampering is common but the league is virtually powerless to stop it.

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Pacers Sign Alex Poythress To Two-Way Contract
Alex Poythress spent the majority of the 16-17 season with Fort Wayne.

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Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers On Paul George
The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

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Pacers Sign Damien Wilkins, Ben Moore
Ben Moore is a 6-8 rookie forward who played at SMU.

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

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Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections
The Pacers were willing to trade Paul George for Kyrie Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times.

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Dan Gilbert Believes Pacers Could Have Made Better Paul George Trade
The Cavaliers thought they had a deal in place to acquire George in a trade that would have sent Kevin Love to the Nuggets, and Gary Harris as the centerpiece to the Pacers.

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

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Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George
The Cavaliers believe they could have acquired both Chris Paul and Paul George had they known Kyrie Irving wanted out.

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Damien Wilkins Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pacers
Damien Wilkins last played in the NBA during the 12-13 season with the 76ers.

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Pacers Waive George Niang
George Niang appeared in 23 games with the Pacers last season.

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