May 23, 2019, 9:05 amMyles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner tweeted that it is a "Blatant Disrespect" he did not make an All-Defensive team.
While Turner had a phenomenal defensive season, there are only two spots overall for centers, so someone was going to be left off. Rudy Gobert was the center on the first team and is a finalist for DPOY, while Joel Embiid was the center on the second team and had a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball for the Sixers. Turner had a marvelous season defensively and there is an argument to be made for him over Embiid, but the nature of positions on the All-Defensive teams means someone was getting left off.
Source: Myles Turner on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 4:50 pmTyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers
Shams Charania reported that Tyreke Evans has been ‘dismissed and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.’
Being dismissed and disqualified for a ‘drug of abuse’ implies very serious substance abuse, though specific details are sparse at this point. Evans had a down year and reportedly dealt with chronic tardiness though we’re not sure if that’s a direct result of whatever he seems to be dealing with. Further information is likely to follow but we hope Evans can get a grip on whatever substance issues he’s facing. He can apply for reinstatement in two years.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 4:49 pmVictor Oladipo - G - Indiana Pacers
President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers, Kevin Pritchard, told the media that Victor Oladipo (ruptured quad tendon) still has no timetable for his return.
Oladipo is the Pacers' best player and his injury derailed their chances of making some noise in the playoffs this year as they were swept in the first round by the Celtics. The focus for Vic is to continue his rehabilitation process so that he can get back to his All-Star form. He told Pritchard that he "promised to come back 200 to 300 percent of what he was." Continue to monitor his progress to see when he will be ready to return to form as fantasy drafts approach in the fall.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 2:41 pmAaron Holiday - G - Indiana Pacers
Nate McMillan expects Aaron Holiday to be part of the Pacers rotation next season.
Holiday was thought to be one of the more NBA-ready prospects in the draft but was unfortunately stuck behind Darren Collison, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans on the depth chart. All three are unrestricted free agents so odds are that Holiday will be Indiana's primary backup point guard next season. That makes him a name to know in most formats, though it's tough to project him as more than a deep-league value so far out.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 2:32 pmDomantas Sabonis - F - Indiana Pacers
Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said, "We've got figure out how to get him a bigger role," when asked about Domantas Sabonis.
Sabonis has been blocked by Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young on the depth chart, though the Pacers could let Young move on in free agency. Even so, the team hasn't spent much time playing Turner and Sabonis together and may not be comfortable unleashing that look despite the obvious talent of both players. Assuming Sabonis stays with Indiana, it'll be worth watching to see what comes out of Pacers camp about how Sabonis will be deployed next season.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 8:49 amTyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers
Veteran swingman Tyreke Evans said that he will consider re-signing with the Pacers in free agency this summer, despite the fact that the season didn’t meet his expectations.
“The playing situation was just a little different,” Evans said. “Not how I expected it to be. I feel like I was forcing a lot when I came in.” Evans will turn 30 in September and he was hampered by knee pain throughout the season, averaging 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 68 games. He increased those averages to 15.3 points and 4.5 rebounds during the Pacers’ first-round loss to the Celtics. Overall, it was a bad fantasy year for Evans as he failed to crack the top-250 and a change of scenery might help him resurrect his career.
Source: Indy Star
April 21, 2019, 4:25 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison dropped 19 points, five assists, six rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Celtics.
Collison was asked to take on a bigger load with Victor Oladipo out. His field goal attempts, assists and points rose 1.5, 0.6 and 2.9 per game respectively after the All-Star game. He had similar numbers in the playoffs but, like the rest of the team, the efficiency was just not there. He's an unrestricted free agent this summer and with Aaron Holiday waiting in the wings, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pacers let Collison walk. Victor Oladipo's health will certainly play a factor in what the Pacers do at guard this offseason, as well.
April 21, 2019, 4:15 pmMyles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner scored 13 points with two blocks and seven rebounds on Sunday as the Pacers lost to the Celtics.
Turner had a down series against Boston with a lot of credit going to the defensive wizard Al Horford. Turner was expected to take on more of an offensive role with Victor Oladipo out, but it never really happened. His scoring actually took a small dip post-All Star Break. We'll see what the Pacers decide to do with Turner and Domantas Sabonis this offseason as the two aren't great fits together, but are each good young players.
April 21, 2019, 4:10 pmDomantas Sabonis - F - Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis scored 14 points with eight boards in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the C's.
Sabonis ended his third season with a decent stat line and a nice 6-for-9 from the floor in 22 minutes. Ultimately, the Pacers were not able to make shots when they needed to in this series and lasted four games because of it. Sabonis is a popular trade candidate this summer as his fit with Myles Turner long term does not look good. He's got loads of offensive talent for his age and he should be just fine for fantasy wherever he ends up next season.
April 21, 2019, 4:01 pmBojan Bogdanovic - F - Indiana Pacers
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points with eight rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer as the Pacers season ended with a loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Bogdanovic did a fantastic job filling a massive void left by Victor Oladipo in the second half of the season and in the playoffs, but ultimately it wasn't enough. Indiana just could not hit shots when they needed to during this series, and thus, only lasted four games. Bogdanovic is an unrestricted free agent but if he returns to the Pacers he'll have a big role until Oladipo is ready to return.
April 19, 2019, 11:20 pmBojan Bogdanovic - F - Indiana Pacers
Bojan Bogdanovic notched 15 points with five rebounds, four assists, two threes and two steals as the Pacers fell to the Celtics 96-104 on Friday night.
Bogdanovic led Indiana in minutes (40) and shot attempts (17) but his well-rounded line wasn't enough to defend his home court. The Croatian big man is doing everything he can to fill the void left by Victor Oladipo, but Indiana will need more from the rest of the team if they are to avoid the sweep.
April 19, 2019, 11:13 pmMyles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner scored 13 points on 4-for-10 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, two blocks and one three in Friday night's home loss in Game 3.
Turner was team-worst minus-17 on the night as he particularly struggled from three-point range (1-for-5). Indiana was expected to at least compete in this first-round series with Boston and Turner failing to take on more of the scoring load with Victor Oladipo injured is not helping their case to avoid a sweep.
April 19, 2019, 11:09 pmThaddeus Young - F - Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young posted 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Celtics.
Young contributed a well-balanced stat line in Game 3 but Indiana couldn't make enough shots down the stretch to defend their home court. All the attention will turn to avoiding the sweep next time up as Boston takes a 3-0 lead.
April 19, 2019, 10:57 pmTyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers
Tyreke Evans scored 19 points in 21 minutes off the bench including four three-pointers in Friday's loss to the Celtics.
Evans was on fire going 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-6 from three. He was a big part in the Pacers jumping out to a halftime lead, but wasn't able to will them to the win.
April 17, 2019, 9:48 pmTyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers
Tyreke Evans played well off the bench in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, three 3-pointers and a steal in 19 minutes.
The Pacers are running out of options with the potential of a sweep looming. Scoring has been very difficult to come by for Indy's reserves, so they're going to hope that this positive outing by Evans can carry over to a pivotal Game 3.