October 21, 2020, 1:16 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis (left foot plantar fasciitis) is "doing well" according to Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, but it's uncertain whether he will participate in activities for Team Lithuania.
Sabonis was unable to play in the bubble due to the injury, but the Pacers seem optimistic about his availability for next season. New head coach Nate Bjorkgren has already indicated that he is comfortable playing Sabonis alongside Myles Turner going forward.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
October 20, 2020, 12:22 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers hired Nate Bjorkgren as their new head coach according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Bjorkgren spent several seasons in the NBA minor leagues before getting opportunities in both Phoenix and Toronto as an assistant. He'll have his first opportunity in the driver's seat and beat out other popular candidates for the gig including Chris Finch, Chris Quinn and Dan Craig. The new staff in Indiana will be looking to maximize both of their bigs while also attempting to mend the fences with disgruntled star, Victor Oladipo.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 19, 2020, 8:03 pmJustin HolidaySG, Indiana Pacers
According to reports, the Pacers are hoping to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent Justin Holiday.
There will be a solid market for Holiday's services. Holiday's salary was $4.8 million in 2019-20, but he is now likely to receive a multi-year contract. Holiday averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals last season while shooting 40.5 percent from behind the arc.
Source: Indy Star
October 15, 2020, 12:09 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers plan to interview Heat assistants Dan Craig and Chris Quinn before narrowing their search to a few finalists that they will have in-person interviews next week before making their ultimate decision.
The Pacers have taken their time in interviewing many candidates including Chris Finch of the Pelicans, Nate Bjorkgren of the Raptors, Chauncey Billups and Dave Joerger. Expect the Pacers to make their final decision sometime within the next two-three weeks.
Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic
October 13, 2020, 6:21 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are beginning to narrow their search for a new head coach, with Chris Finch considered to be the frontrunner.
Finch, who has been with the Pelicans since 2017, has emerged as one of the favorites to secure the head coaching role vacated by Nate McMillan. While this news is somewhat surprising, the Pacers are in no rush to fill the position and will conduct interviews with Heat assistants Chris Quinn and Dan Craig in the coming days. Whatever the outcome, it would appear as though the Pacers are willing to go with an untested head coach, as opposed to a proven option.
Source: Kevin O'Connor on Twitter
October 6, 2020, 8:40 amVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
The Knicks are more likely to pursue a trade for Victor Oladipo than Chris Paul, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Knicks GM Scott Perry drafted Oladipo during his time with the Magic and is still very high on him, while former Orlando lottery picks, Mario Hezonja and Elfrid Payton, were two recent Knicks free-agent signees. Oladipo is reportedly looking to move on from the Pacers, even though he denied this on his Instagram last week. The Knicks will be looking to make a splash in the offseason and they have cap room to make a deal for a high-salaried player without giving back the same amount of wages. They also have a ton of future assets, including seven first-rounders in the next four drafts.
Source: NY Post
October 2, 2020, 12:26 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Dave Joerger is a strong contender for the Pacers' coaching job.
Chauncy Billups and Pelicans assistant Chris Finch are also on the list of Pacers' interviewees, and they have previously been linked to Mike D'Antoni as well. Joerger was surprisingly fired by the Kings two years ago after steering the team back towards the playoffs, and their lackluster play since hiring Luke Walton may work to help his candidacy around the league. Whatever happens, the Pacers are going to have to nail this hire as rumors about Victor Oladipo's future begin to swirl.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 28, 2020, 2:38 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo is reportedly looking to leave the Pacers once his contract ends, according to Jared Weiss of The Athletic.
If this reporting is true, then it's likely Oladipo would get his wish sooner rather than later. Oladipo still has one more year left on his contract but the Pacers would have every incentive to trade him this offseason if he makes it clear he has no intention of signing an extension. Oladipo has come nowhere close to replicating his stunning top-10 fantasy finish in the 2017-18 season, due primarily to big drops in his efficiency and defensive stats. In the Orlando bubble he averaged 16.7 points on just 40% shooting, 2.0 threes, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. His ADP next season may be depressed, but even if he is able to bring his counting stats back up he'll likely continue to be a big detriment to any team's field goal percentage.
Source: Jared Weiss for The Athletic
September 21, 2020, 1:47 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Indiana Pacers
Ex-Thunder head coach Billy Donovan interviewed for the Pacers' head coaching vacancy last week and the team will begin conducting final in-person interviews soon, according to The Athletic.
Donovan is one of the biggest names on the market and will likely be interviewing for many of the teams looking for a new coach. The Pacers have been attached to several other names including Chauncey Billups and Warriors' assistant coach Mike Brown. Multiple teams appear to be heading into the final round of interviews with head coaching candidates, so expect to see a volley of headlines in the coming weeks as final decisions are made.
Source: The Athletic
September 19, 2020, 1:29 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pacers will consider Mike Brown as a candidate for their vacant head coach position.
Brown joins Becky Hammon, Dave Joerger, Jacque Vaughn, Mike D'Antoni and a host of others on Indiana's list. Previously a head coach in Cleveland, Brown has spent the last four years as an assistant on Steve Kerr's staff in Golden State.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 9, 2020, 4:19 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Becky Hammon and Dave Joerger are among the first round of interviewees for the Pacers coaching job.
Hammon is currently an assistant with the Spurs while Joerger has been waiting for another opportunity after being dismissed by the Kings amid their latest few years of dysfunction. Brooklyn's Jacque Vaughn is also on the list of candidates, as are Sixers assistant Ime Udoka, San Antonio's Will Hardy, Darvin Ham and Charles Lee of the Bucks, Minnesota's David Vanterpooll, Portland's Nate Tibbets among others. Indiana has a playoff-ready roster and the Pacers are looking for a coach that can get them over the first-round hump.
August 26, 2020, 11:37 amVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
In a rather surprising move, Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Pacers have fired their head coach, Nate McMillan.
This comes only a couple weeks after it was reported that the Pacers had reworked McMillan’s final year under contract for 2020-21 and added a team option for 2021-2022 in the form of a soft extension. McMillan was criticized for the offense he runs and this year’s sweep by the Heat in the playoffs was probably what made the Pacers decide that it was time to move on from him.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 26, 2020, 10:48 amVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo will be entering the final year of his contract with the Pacers for 2020-21 and he could come to terms on an extension before it begins but, unless there's an 11th-hour change, he appears content to wait.
This makes sense for Oladipo as, If he plays out his deal and becomes a free agent next summer, he will be eligible for more money and more years and he'll be at his physical peak provided he's fully recovered from right knee surgery. Still, Oladipo is taking a risk by not taking the bird in hand now to sign an extension, as the Pacers would give him one at the maximum allowed but only for four years. This is a situation that will be interesting to monitor as the team might decide to move away from him if they feel like they will lose him for nothing. Oladipo should be in top form for next year’s start and possibly even more motivated to earn a lucrative new deal.
Source: Indy Star
August 24, 2020, 10:04 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
T.J. Warren finished Monday's contest with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Pacers were swept by the Heat.
Warren suffered a left thumb injury early in the game, but it did not keep him out of action for long. He shot 8-for-17 from the floor and added three triples. Unfortunately, he also committed four turnovers along the way.
August 24, 2020, 9:56 pmMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner ended Monday's game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and a steal.
Turner shot 2-for-6 from 3-point range and 9-16 from the floor, but the Pacers still fell to the Heat to end their season. Turner's 42 minutes played were second only to Victor Oladipo's 44 minutes of action.