Player News - Pacers

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Bojan Bogdanovic appeared to tweak his right knee in Monday's loss to Poland.

Bogdanovic appeared to injure his knee and was subbed out of Monday's game late in the second quarter, but he warmed up at halftime and felt good enough to play through it, logging nine straight minutes to open up the second half. He finished the game with 22 points, five assists, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, two steals and four turnovers over 34 minutes, so he's probably fine, but this is something we'll be monitoring heading into camp.
Sep 17 - 5:03 PM

The "next step" for Victor Oladipo is raising the level of his teammates.

When asked about what's next for Oladipo, Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard mentioned elevating everyone around him. Pritchard said he's done a great job of trusting his teammates already. We know he can get his own, but stars are able to get others involved, too. Oladipo turned in a monster season for fantasy owners last time around. Can he reach another level and break into the top-ten?
Sep 17 - 12:49 PM

Pacers expect second round pick Alize Johnson to have a redshirt rookie season, allowing him time to understand the team's system.

Johnson was drafted 50th overall, so this isn't a huge surprise. Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard likes to have rookies sit and watch the team before entering into the rotation. Pritchard likes how Johnson has a "nose for the ball." Johnson had a solid Summer League, averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. Overall, it will take a lot for him to make his way onto the fantasy radar.
Sep 17 - 11:44 AM

T.J. Leaf impressed Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard with his physical and mental development as a rookie.

Leaf added 17 pounds to his frame during his first year with the Pacers. He didn't play a lot last year, which was by design, as they wanted to see him mature. Leaf had an up and down Summer League performance, but will see more space playing with the Pacers regulars. Pritchard also gushed about Leaf's shooting, which is his calling card. While not on the fantasy radar to start the season, an injury to Thaddeus Young could see Leaf garner more playing time.
Sep 17 - 11:32 AM

Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard thinks Doug McDermott can be an elite player away from the ball with his movement and cutting.

Pritchard added that he pictures McDermott "moving and occupying defenders' minds, and then you've got a two-man game of Tyreke [Evans] and Domantas [Sabonis] on one side and Doug coming off screens. You have to dial into that. If you're not dialed into Doug, he's going to shoot and we want him to shoot a lot." Mcdermott is a 3-point specialist who shot 49.4% from deep last season with the Mavs, but he is just a one-trick pony in fantasy.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 16 - 11:16 AM

Pacers president of basketball operations, Kevin Pritchard, wants Myles Turner to dominate defensively next season.

Turner has drawn praise for reshaping his body over the summer by changing his diet and increasing his offseason workout regime. The Pacers want him to take that next step on the court in 2018-19. Speaking of Turner, Pritchard said: "We need him to score some, but we need him to be the defensive anchor to totally disrupt the game on that side of the ball. He really can block shots. He can be the intimidator inside with his length and his athletic ability at the rim."
Source: NBA.com
Sep 15 - 10:34 AM

General manager Kevin Pritchard said that he expects a lot of two-man action from Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans.

"If [Evans] goes over the top and it's Domas that's playing with him, that creates a lot of angles and puts the defense in tough positions," Pritchard said. The GM added that he's been impressed with Sabonis' offseason, and all signs point to him getting some minutes at the backup four along with his minutes behind Myles Turner. Sabonis is more of a late-round flier.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 14 - 7:33 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 22 points in an 84-83 loss to Lithuania on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

He continues to be an overseas workhorse, leading his team in shots from the field and makes from the line. When he heads back stateside, Bogdanovic may have slightly more competition for playing time with Doug McDermott in the mix, and the Pacers also likely to go with more three-guard lineups consisting of Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo and newly-added Tyreke Evans. Bogdanovic has the size to guard fours and his impressive showing vs. LeBron James won't be forgotten, so we'd expect Bogdanovic to have similar output next season.
Sep 14 - 4:32 PM

Andrew Bynum recently had an open workout at the Lakers' facility, according to sources of Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The new management in Los Angeles has been open to bringing back past players from their glory days, but to be clear, this wasn't a workout specifically for the Lakers and Bynum has more workouts scheduled with other teams. He's serious about a comeback attempt, but we don't see the 30-year-old, who hasn't played since 2014 establishing himself as an impact player in fantasy hoops this season.
Sep 12 - 11:48 AM

Monta Ellis, Brandon Rush and Brandon Paul are scheduled for workouts with the Timberwolves.

The Wolves have an open roster spot, so they may add another vet, although that would put them in the luxury tax. There are no guarantees any of these guys will sign after a workout.

Andrew Bynum is attempting an NBA comeback.

The 30-year-old center has hired an agent and has workouts scheduled in the coming weeks. Bynum had a tough time staying on the court due to knee issues, and attitude concerns caused him to eventually fall out of the league. Maybe he'll get a camp invite, but there's no way Bynum will be fantasy-relevant this season.
Sep 9 - 3:04 PM

Ben Moore has agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Pacers.

He had a two-way contract with the Pacers last season, but only made two brief appearances. Moore will have to play really well in camp to earn a spot on the 15-man roster.
Sep 4 - 7:20 PM

The Pacers announced Tuesday they had signed Head Coach Nate McMillan to a multi-year contract extension.

It was reported last month that the two sides were close to an agreement. McMillan was entering the final year of his contract, and this was an easy decision for the Pacers. Indiana was one of the more pleasantly surprising teams in the league last season, winning 48 games and securing the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 4 - 1:46 PM

The Pacers' G League coach Steve Gansey praised rookie PG Aaron Holiday's "ability to stretch the floor and attack the basket."

Holiday had issues with pick-and-roll defense in Vegas, but GM Kevin Pritchard didn't seem concerned and called him a "bulldog" defensively. "He goes into the season behind Cory [Joseph] and Darren [Collison], but I see him competing for minutes," Pritchard said after drafting Holiday at No. 23 overall. "I would be shocked if he didn’t play some this year." It would take a few injuries for re-draft owners to deploy him, but dynasty owners should already be tuned in, especially since Collison and Joseph will be free agents next summer.
Aug 23 - 8:36 PM

Victor Oladipo's trainer said they've taken his ball-handling workouts "to another level" this offseason.

"In the fourth quarter, he’s like the point guard," said Al Watson, one of Oladipo's trainers. "[We] wanted to focus on a lot of combination moves, working on traps. It’s no secret now. They’re going to be double-teaming him." Oladipo is taking a 'kitchen sink' approach to improving all aspects of his game, and there's nothing preventing him from a repeat of last season's breakout performance which yielded top-15 fantasy value.
Source: Indy Star
Aug 19 - 9:45 PM


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