Pacers Rumors & News

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • After win over Cavs, Pacers' Victor Oladipo says Dan Gilbert's comments, 'added fuel to the fire'

    CBS Sports "In the most surprising result of the 2018 NBA playoffs so far, the Indiana Pacers waltzed into Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by 18 points to take a 1-0 lead in their first-round series. Just as they've done all season long, the Pacers proved everyone..." April 16

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Here's how Nate McMillan stacks up for NBA Coach of the year

    Indianapolis Star "The Indiana Pacers were forced to reinvent themselves this offseason. After the blockbuster Paul George-for-Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis trade, sports betting sites set the team's win total at 30.5. As Oladipo took his game to a new level, Darren Collison and Bojan Bogdanovic put..." April 02

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Domantas Sabonis Re-Injured His Ankle Stepping On A Ball Boy’s Foot

    Dime Magazine "Domantas Sabonis has been a pleasant surprise for the Pacers this season after adding the second-year big man this offseason as part of the Paul George trade. Sabonis has averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 24.7 minutes per, helping Indiana exceed expectations and put together a..." March 26

  • Myles Turner Thinks Joel Embiid Flops, And It’s Getting ‘Annoying’

    Dime Magazine "Joel Embiid and Myles Turner are two of the best young centers in the NBA. Embiid is turning into one of the league’s biggest stars, while Turner has been churning away in Indiana, putting forth a really productive season for a Pacers squad that currently sits in third place in the Eastern..." March 14

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Trevor Booker will sign with Indiana Pacers

    NBA.com "The Atlanta Hawks waived veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova two days ago, and he has been linked to a reunion with the Philadelphia 76ers. In order for his old team to get him on the roster, though, the Sixers would have to part with a player. The Sixers have apparently cleared a spot to bring..." February 28

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • While Myles Turner awaits his 'man strength,' he's still a Pacers building block

    Indianapolis Star "Here are three indisputable facts about Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner. His scoring (13.5) and rebounding (6.6) averages have receded from last season, while his shot-blocking (2.1) and effective field goal percentage (52.2 percent) have leveled off, meaning that the 2015 first-round pick..." February 22

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • Pacers Sign Trey McKinney-Jones To 10-Day Contract

    Real GM Basketball "The Indiana Pacers are signing Trey McKinney-Jones to a 10-day contract. McKinney-Jones is averaging 11.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.8 minutes per game this season in the G League." February 20

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • Kevin Pritchard: Six Pacers told me before deadline not to make trade

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Pacers are one of the NBA’s top feel-good stories this season. After trading Paul George, they appeared heading toward 30-something wins and the resulting middling draft pick – unsatisfying on both counts. But Victor Oladipo has emerged into a legitimate star, and a supporting cast of solid..." February 16

  • From sidekick to All-Star, Victor Oladipo is proving critics wrong

    ESPN "When Victor Oladipo woke up from an evening nap on Jan. 23, his childhood dream finally became a reality. Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard called Oladipo with the news that he had been selected to the All-Star team for the first time in his five-year NBA career. Oladipo couldn't wait to tell his..." February 16

  • Joseph calls Jefferson 'Instant Buckets.' Pacers call Jefferson invaluable.

    Indianapolis Star "Near the end of a recent Indiana Pacers practice, Al Jefferson blocked a shot. That does not happen every day, because Jefferson has never been known for his vertical leap. The reaction to Jefferson’s block triggered a mock celebration amongst his teammates. Jefferson was too amused to be..." February 16

  • Rescheduled Pacers-Pelicans game gives New Orleans five games in six days

    Pro Basketball Talk "New Orleans is locked into a tight playoff race. Five teams – Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Nuggets Clippers and Jazz – are seemingly competing for the West’s final three postseason spots. Anthony Davis is doing all he can, but he needs help. The NBA didn’t provide any with the rescheduling of..." February 15

  • NBA Rumors: Pacers could target Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart in free agency

    Clutch Points "With an impressive 33-25 record heading into the All-Star Break, the Indiana Pacers are one of the biggest surprise teams in the NBA this 2017-18 season. However, this upcoming offseason, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the team tries to sign players like Orlando Magic star power forward Aaron..." February 15

  • Al Jefferson: Pacers Can ‘Do Something Special’

    Hoops Rumors "Al Jefferson‘s second season with the Pacers reminds him of his first season with the now-defunct Bobcats four years ago. Neither team was expected to be in playoff contention, but 57 games into the 2017/18 campaign, the 32-25 Pacers – currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference — are on..." February 14

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • NBA Trade Rumors: Pacers' Al Jefferson is on the trade block

    247 Sports "Another former All-NBA player is on the trade block. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Indiana Pacers have made 33-year-old Al Jefferson available via trade. Jefferson has regressed in a major way over just the past couple of years alone due to injuries and age. The veteran big man..." February 08

  • Pacers will take on a bad contract for first-round pick

    Amico Hoops "Just as great teams need opponents, those looking to make trades need dance partners. Sometimes, making a deal requires a third team becoming involved to make salaries, etc. work. Such a team, according to a report by ESPN’S Adrian Wojnarowski, would be the Indiana Pacers, who would be willing..." February 08

  • The Pelicans’ Game Against The Pacers Got Postponed Due To A Leaky Roof

    Dime Magazine "It was something of a bizarre scene at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday night for the Pelicans’ home game against the Pacers. Prior to tip-off, arena officials announced that the start time would be delayed due to a leaky roof that was dripping moisture onto the court. Arena..." February 08

  • Pelicans-Pacers game delayed due to leaky roof

    Larry Brown Sports "Wednesday’s game between the Pelicans and Pacers was unable to start at its scheduled time do to a malfunction in the arena. The game at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans had tipoff pushed back due to water on the floor that was the result of a leak in the roof. " February 07

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion

    Forbes.com "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • Report: Pacers guard Darren Collison to miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery

    Clutch Points "Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison is slated to miss the next two-to-three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical." February 05