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.
August 24, 2020, 9:50 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo led all scorers with 25 points in Game 4, but it wasn't enough to prolong their series with the Heat.
The Heat ended up winning 99-87 despite Oladipo's many contributions. He posted eight rebounds, five assists and five steals while shooting 5-for-11 from long range. Injuries may have hampered his play during bubble games, but at least Oladipo went out on a high note.
August 24, 2020, 7:38 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
T.J. Warren has returned to Monday's game after suffering a left thumb injury.
Warren was briefly evaluated by the Pacers' training staff, then allowed to return to action. Hopefully this will not be an issue for him going forward.
Source: Tony East on Twitter
August 22, 2020, 7:08 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
TJ Warren collected 23 points (8-for-18 FG, 7-for-7 FT), six rebounds, two assists, five steals and a block in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Heat.
Jimmy Butler has most certainly gotten the best of the individual matchup in this series, but the bigger storyline for Indiana is that they're now facing elimination on Monday. Warren has predictably cooled after a scorching run in the Pacers' seeding games but will need to be at his best for Indiana to try and get back into this series.
August 22, 2020, 7:03 pmJustin HolidaySG, Indiana Pacers
Justin Holiday moved into the starting lineup on Saturday and produced nine points with three 3-pointers, a steal and a block in 32 minutes.
Holiday has been getting big minutes whether he comes off the bench or not so this wasn't a big change for him. Aaron Holiday was moved to the bench and chipped in 10 points, two assists, a steal and a three in 22 minutes of action. Both Holidays will need to be their best for Indiana to avoid the sweep on Monday.
August 22, 2020, 6:59 pmMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner finished with 15 & 12 as the Pacers fell to the Heat on Saturday, chipping in three blocks and one assist in 38 minutes.
Turner continues to put up solid numbers with Domantas Sabonis (plantar fasciitis) yet to rejoin the team. It was an impactful performance by Turner, although he did shoot just 4-of-8 from the charity stripe. The Pacers will need to win Game 4 on Monday if they are to extend the series, so look for Turner to put in another strong effort.