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July 15, 2019, 5:49 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have announced the signing of first-round pick Goga Bitadze.
Bitadze's visa issues prevented him from playing in Summer League, but he has a chance at cracking the rotation in his first season. He will be playing behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, however, which means it's unlikely he receives significant playing time. Bitadze's versatile game warrants attention in dynasty formats but he could require some patience.
Source: Indiana Pacers
July 11, 2019, 4:43 pmEdmond SumnerPG, Indiana Pacers
Edmond Sumner (sore left foot) and Goga Bitadze (visa) will not play in Thursday's Summer League game.
Both players have yet to suit up in Vegas, and it seems unlikely that either will return for the elimination round. Aaron Holiday (sore left hip) and Brian Bowen (sore back) are available after sitting out on Tuesday.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 5:03 pmAaron HolidayPG, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are ruling out Aaron Holiday (sore left hip) Goga Bitadze (visa), Edmond Sumner (sore left foot) and Brian Bowen II ( sore back) as out for Tuesday's Summer League game against the Hawks.
Holiday has had a productive Summer League as he looks to take on a bigger role next season until Victor Oladipo returns. Bitadze is another player looking to crack the rotation, but he hasn't gotten a chance to play yet because of visa issues. The Pacers' deep-reserves on the Summer League team will get the chance to shine against the Hawks.
Source: Pacers on Twitter
July 8, 2019, 5:39 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Goga Bitadze is not with the Pacers yet and will miss Monday's Summer League game.
Last we heard, Bitadze is still ironing out some paperwork but has every intention of joining the Pacers in Vegas as soon as he's able. The versatile big man could be Indiana's backup center this season, and fantasy owners will want to get a good look at him in the run up to the season.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
June 28, 2019, 12:41 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Goga Bitadze will be suiting up for Summer League.
There was some question as to whether Bitadze would suit up for the Pacers in Vegas, though with word coming down that he'd play for the big club this season it seemed likely that he would. Dynasty owners should enjoy watching Bitadze this summer, as it would take a trade or serious injury for him to be a big part of the rotation once the real games begin.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
June 21, 2019, 12:29 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Pacers president Kevin Pritchard confirmed that first-round pick Goga Bitadze will be playing with the Pacers this season.
There was some thought that Bitadze would be a draft-and-stash, especially with Indiana's roster makeup, but he will be with the team to start his NBA career. Moreover, Pritchard said, "I think he's more polished and ready to play in an NBA game than a normal kid coming out of college." That's not insignificant news considering how sparingly the Pacers have used their rookies over the last couple of years, and it's possible that Bitadze holds a real role from the jump. That said, it would require the team to play Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis side-by-side more frequently, which is a look they've shied away from. Bitadze doesn't figure to be a redraft option in his first season but dynasty players should be feeling slightly better about the Georgian's outlook after hearing Pritchard.
Source: Indianapolis Star
June 20, 2019, 9:29 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have selected Goga Bitadze with the 18th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
Bitadze offers outstanding mobility for a guy who has a 7’2″ wingspan with a 9’3″ standing reach, and the fact that he can also step out behind the arc and knock down threes makes him an ideal project as a modern center. He’ll need to add some muscle and can be exposed in the pick-and-roll game, but it’s a foundation worth developing considering his rim-protection abilities. Bitadze has a fun fantasy stat set but has ended up with a team that may not make minutes available to him for some time, as he’s stuck behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. The Pacers have not given their rookies a lot of run over the last few seasons, so any investment in Bitadze this year should be limited to dynasty formats.
June 20, 2019, 3:51 pmGoga BitadzeC, College
The Spurs have been strongly linked to Georgia’s Goga Bitadze, per SI’s Jeremy Woo.
San Antonio will pick at Nos. 19 and 29 in the first round, and it’s possible that they’ll need to trade up to ensure that they get Bitadze if he is indeed their top target. He’s got experience playing top competition is Europe, can shoot threes and has a 9’2″ standing reach. There is immense upside in Bitadze, and he figures to be drafted right around the edge of the lottery, give or take a couple spots.
Source: Jeremy Woo on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 3:01 pmGoga BitadzeTeam, College
Goga Bitadze only worked out for the Spurs, Hawks, Pistons, Hornets and Celtics prior to the NBA draft on Thursday.
Checking in at 6’11” and 250 lbs, the 20-year old big man from Georgia is a massive individual who has been invited to the NBA Draft Green Room. The Green Room is usually reserved for lottery and mid-first round selections, so it will be interesting to find out where he lands. The Spurs have shown a willingness to draft and develop overseas prospects more than any other franchise over the years and seem like a logical landing spot, but they’d have to see the four other teams all pass on Bitadze to get that chance. We’d expect Bitadze to go to somewhere at the edge of the lottery, possibly as early as the Hornets at 12 or the Celtics at 14.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
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