Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Jarrod Uthoff has reportedly reached an agreement with Zenit St. Petersburg.

Uthoff appeared in nine games for the Mavs back in 2016-17, and played for the Celtics during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League.
Jul 19 - 11:33 AM

The Pacers announced Monday they signed second-round pick Alize Johnson.

Indiana took Johnson with the 50th pick in the 2018 draft. He averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Missouri State. He appeared in five games for the Pacers Summer League squad in Las Vegas, averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 23 minutes per game. Johnson is not on the fantasy radar, as he is highly unlikely to secure a spot in the Pacers rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 17 - 10:31 AM

Elijah Stewart has agreed to a two-way deal with the Pacers.

Stewart will spend most of the 2018-19 season in the G-League.
Jul 16 - 4:40 PM

T.J. Leaf (left knee) is out for Friday against the Nets.

He suffered the injury on Wednesday and it's being called soreness. Leaf did not help himself in Vegas with some inefficiency on offense, and not doing much on the defensive end.
Jul 13 - 3:23 PM

TJ Leaf (sore left knee) and Aaron Holiday (thigh contusion) are out for Friday against the Nets.

This will end Holiday's summer league after a really solid showing, averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 boards, 6.8 assists and 2.8 steals over the four games. Holiday is not likely to start the year in the rotation, but the Pacers should feel great about selecting him at 23.
Jul 13 - 3:22 PM

T.J. Leaf sat out the second half of Wednesday's game due to left knee soreness.

Leaf finished with nine points, two assists, two steals, one block and one rebound in 13 minutes. We should have more information about his status in the next few days, but either way he's a longshot for fantasy value this season with Thaddeus Young still in town.
Jul 11 - 10:41 PM

Tyreke Evans said teams won't be able to double-team Victor Oladipo as much while he's out there.

Evans likely projects as a sixth man on the Pacers, but it's interesting to see that he thinks he can help him while he's out there. This could cut into the playing time of Bojan Bogdanovic or Darren Collison, especially if Evans stays healthy like he did for most of last season.
Jul 8 - 1:08 PM

Aaron Holiday made 3-of-15 from the field for 10 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He really had nowhere to go but down after a stellar 23-point debut on Friday. Maybe it was the back-to-back factor, or maybe he just didn't have it today. Holiday clearly has the pedigree and likely has listened to his brothers as he has been making the right pass often.
Jul 7 - 5:23 PM

T.J. Leaf made 7-of-13 from the field for 17 points with two rebounds, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

After a brutal 2-of-14 shooting line on Friday, he turned over a new Leaf today. Coach Nate McMillan talked about how he likes how Leaf plays in the post and getting the right mismatches on offense, but he is concerned with his defense. Expect him to shoot a bunch in the next week, but not much passing.
Jul 7 - 5:20 PM

Edmond Sumner (right knee) will not play Saturday.

This is not the same left knee that he had surgery on, so don't worry too much about this one. With him out, there should be more shots for T.J. Leaf, Aaron Holiday and Alize Johnson.
Jul 7 - 3:30 PM

Al Jefferson has reportedly agreed to a deal to with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Jefferson was waived by the Pacers on Monday. The 34-year old appeared in 36 games for the Pacers last season, averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 13.4 minutes. In today's pace-and-space NBA, there isn't much room for a lumbering, low-post bigs.
Jul 7 - 8:45 AM

Aaron Holiday looked like his older brother, Jrue, during his pro debut on Friday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He scored eight points in a little over a minute to start this game off, and he kept it going. Holiday thrived in transition and his lack of size didn't hurt him on offense -- he wasn't great on defense. He made 9-of-15 from the field and only went to the line twice. You can expect Holiday to see some heavy usage in this event.
Jul 6 - 5:09 PM

Alex Poythress scored 13 points with four rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 23 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

The Pacers waived him today, but he was playing with an extra edge after the news. He started today and he'll likely be on the roster at least until another team tries to sign him.
Jul 6 - 5:09 PM

T.J. Leaf made 2-of-14 from the field for four points with 10 rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

Yikes. Leaf did not have much interest in passing the rock today with no dimes, but the usage is encouraging. He should get several more chances to post high usage on a team without much depth at the forward spots. Perhaps he can get in the rotation at some point in his sophomore season.
Jul 6 - 5:08 PM

Aaron Holiday, Edmond Sumner, Ben Moore, Alex Poythress and T.J. Leaf will start on Friday.

We should see a lot of T.J. Leaf at power forward today and Holiday will run the offense. Poythress was reportedly waived earlier today, but he could have some extra motivation after the move.
Jul 6 - 2:57 PM


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