Reports: Glenn Robinson III agrees to deal with Detroit Pistons

According to Shams Charania, free agent Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a 2-year, $8.3 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The second year is a team option.

The former slam dunk champion missed most of last season with an ankle injury after being a breakout candidate during the summer. He played spot minutes with the Pacers once he returned and was out of the rotation in the playoffs.

Robinson, who will return to the Michigan where he played his college ball, showed flashes of potential as a 3&D player during his time with Indiana, but the preseason injury took away his best opportunity.

Robinson, still just 24, shot 41.3% from 3-point range last season and is a career 38% from distance.

Once the Pacers agreed to a deal with Doug McDermott, it seemed unlikely that the Pacers would be bringing him back, though he never seemed like a large priority for the team this offseason.

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ESPN: Indiana Pacers agree to 3-year, $22 million deal with Doug McDermott

ESPN was reporting about five minutes before free agency officially started that the Indiana Pacers had agreed to a 3-year, $22 million deal with sharpshooter Doug McDermott.

McDermott shot 42.9% from 3-point range last season, including nearly 50% while with the Mavericks once he was acquired at the deadline.

The contract is fully guaranteed per Adrian Wojnarowski.

Some early analysis on Dougie McBuckets are available below. Another rumored target Joe Harris secured a similar contract at 2 years, $16 million from the Brooklyn Nets.

Indiana Pacers Free Agency Options: Bargains (Part 3)

Free agency is almost upon us. A time of Woj bombs and Shams-wows. A time of the surprising and the predictable.

The Indiana Pacers will be one of few teams with a lot of cap space entering free agency this year and will have plenty of options to pursue.

For perimeter players, we’ve already looked at some players in their prime (Will Barton, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Smart) and some wily old veterans that could serve as valuable role players.

Now, we look at cheaper options for younger players that are still somewhat unproven in their abilities. Some have served as role players in the past; some are still looking for that opportunity and may need more development time. These aren’t guys that are going to get anyone excited, but they might pay dividends.

We’ll start with two players that Indiana is reportedly interested in: Doug McDermott and Joe Harris.

Joe Harris

Harris had a great season with the Brooklyn Nets and made 41.9% of his 3-pointers on the season. He ranked in the 89th percentile in spot-up possessions, 75th percentile while coming off of screens and 84th percentile on hand offs. He’s an efficient shooting machine.

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Rumors: Indiana Pacers interested in Doug McDermott and Joe Harris

ESPN is reporting that with Will Barton likely re-signing with the Denver Nuggets as free agency begins after midnight, the Indiana Pacers will look at free agents Doug McDermott and Joe Harris to add more shooting to the bench unit.

Barton, who is analyzed in the piece below, had been a focus for the Pacers according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harris and McDermott would both bring shooting but not much else on the other end of the court. Harris shot 41.9% from deep for the Brooklyn Nets last season and McDermott shot 42.6% between his time with the Knicks and Mavericks last season. More analysis will be available on these two and other somewhat unproven free agents soon.

Report: Free Agent Joe Young gaining interest from overseas

The writing was on the wall for Joe Young after the Indiana Pacers drafted Aaron Holiday and both Cory Joseph and Darren Collison were set to return.

Not much room for four point guards on an NBA roster. Young’s team option was declined by the Pacers and he’s now a free agent.

While NBA free agency doesn’t begin until midnight tonight, at least one team overseas is looking to add Joey Buckets.

Maccabi Tel Aviv is in Israel and plays in the Euroleague. It would seem safe to assume Young is unlikely to take their offer right away and see if any NBA teams are interested in his services first.

The 26-year-old point guard played some of his best basketball when given the chance this season by being a pesky defender and hitting timely shots, but his opportunities throughout his 3-season career with the Pacers were limited and he never was able to earn a permanent spot in the rotation.

Young was always the hard worker and once fell asleep on the practice court.

Indiana Pacers Free Agency Options: The Veterans (Part 2)

Free agency is nearly here and the Indiana Pacers are looking to add some players to their surprising roster of last season.

Most of the rotation will appear to be the same, but options will be available for the team to upgrade at some spots.

In Part One, we analyzed in detail rumored targets of Tyreke Evans, Will Barton and Marcus Smart.

In Part Two, we’ll look at the veteran wings that are on the market this offseason that could add some immediate help in the short term while giving the Pacers flexibility to keep cap space in the next couple of years in some cases. Many of these players could probably be signed to deals similar to those of Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison where the second season has a small partial guarantee.

Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza is the prototypical 3-and-D wing. He’ll be in his 15th season next year at age 33 with a ton of playoff experience including winning a title with the Los Angeles Lakers nearly a decade ago.

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Woj: Thad Young exercises his player option, will remain with the Pacers

ESPN reports that Thad Young will opt into the final year of his contract to remain with the Indiana Pacers and will not be a free agent this offseason.

Young seemed a little frustrated with the lack of a long term deal on the table from the Pacers with a few tweets on draft night.

It appears that Thad’s desire to remain in the Pacers locker room trumped wanting more security as he enters this next season at 30 years old.

In an interview with Alex Kennedy shortly after the offseason began, Young talked a lot about next year with the Pacers, making it clear that he’d like to be back, even if he hadn’t made a decision on his option at that time.

Man, I think the sky is the limit for us. As a team, we’re already pretty good, but I think we’ll be so much better entering next season because we’ll all have another year of experience under our belt and we won’t be a new look team that just got together anymore. … Next year, it should be 10 times easier. There’s not much learning and acclimating that we’ll need to do; we can just pick up right where we left off and focus on getting better.”

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Young’s final year is worth $13.7 million. The Pacers still have about $20 million in cap space if they waive Al Jefferson.

Earlier today, Indiana was rumored to be interested in making a large offer to RFA Aaron Gordon, but with Young opting in, the question will be if the Pacers interest remains in the 22-year-old forward.

Woj: Indiana Pacers expected to target RFA Aaron Gordon

With the Pacers expected to have around $20 million or more in cap space, they have plenty of options to target in free agency.

One of those players is Orlando Magic restricted free agent Aaron Gordon according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Any offer the Pacers would make Gordon would be able to be matched by the Magic if they chose to do so.

This could be a sign that either the Pacers expect Thad Young to decline his player option or they want him to in order to make room for Gordon in the starting lineup. It all depends on where the information is coming from.

It’s also possible that Gordon’s agent is leaking this information in order to pressure the Magic to offer more money when free agency opens on 7/1.

Gordon averaged 17.9 points, 7.9 rebounds while shooting a career-high 34% from 3-point territory last season.

Gordon played with Victor Oladipo on the Magic, so it could be possible he’d be interested in a reunion with his former teammate.

Gordon has said that he’d prefer to remain in Orlando but is looking for the best contract offer.

Victor Oladipo sees big things ahead for the Indiana Pacers, shares his pitch to free agents

Victor Oladipo might have won the Most Improved Player award this past season, but that doesn’t mean he’s done improving.

“I’m not satisfied by any means, so I got a lot of room for improvement,” said Oladipo to reporters at the Indiana Pacers practice facility today. “At the end of the day, that’s what I’m focused on doing: getting better.”

The Pacers All-Star and face of the franchise is confident in himself and his work ethic and the results that will come from his constant quest to raise his game.

“I’m going to take my game to the next level,” Oladipo told reporters. “I’m not going to (just) try.” He added, “I’ve got to go to another level every summer, because that’s what great players do.”

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Victor Oladipo is officially the Most Improved Player in the NBA

Victor Oladipo has racked up the awards and honors for his breakout debut season with the Indiana Pacers. At the NBA Awards show, he earned his latest: The Most Improved Player.

Oladipo averaged career highs in nearly every category with the Pacers as he ascended to his All-Star status. He was also named to All-NBA Third Team and First-Team All Defense during the playoffs.

Oladipo received 99 of a possible 101 first-place votes for this award (Clint Capela and Spencer Dinwiddie each received one). Domantas Sabonis got a pair of second-place votes for Most Improved.

He’s the fifth Indiana Pacers player to win the award joining Jalen Rose, Jermaine O’Neal, Danny Granger and Paul George.

You can watch his acceptance speech here.

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Rumors: Indiana Pacers expected to be interested in Tyreke Evans, Marcus Smart, Will Barton

As soon as the news broke that the Indiana Pacers had declined their team option on Lance Stephenson’s contract, reports of their interest in other players began to appear.

Marcus Smart, the Boston Celtics restricted free agent, is one such target according to Jordan Schultz, and he was rumored to be someone the Pacers were interested in during the season as well.

With his restricted status, he’ll be the toughest to sign in the open market as the Celtics will have the opportunity to match any contract he agrees to with another team. The Pacers would likely have to overpay some in order to sway Boston against matching the offer. Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds last season.

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Reports: The Indiana Pacers are declining Lance Stephenson’s team option

Lance Stephenson will be a free agent. The Indiana Pacers have decided to decline his team option and make him a free agent according to Shams Charania.

The team option was for $4.3 million this season. Stephenson re-joined the Pacers at the end of the 2016-17 regular season and instantly found his game again after bouncing around the league with five different teams in three years.

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Indiana Pacers add Elijah Stewart to Summer League roster

Undrafted free agent wing Elijah Stewart, formerly of USC, will play for the Indiana Pacers in Summer League and participate in training camp.

Stewart was a senior last season with the Trojans and is the school’s all-time leader in made 3-point attempts and shot 39% from deep last season. He averaged 11 points per game.

He’s got some major leaping ability and you can see his high-flying highlights via dunks and blocks in the video below.

This is likely a move for the Pacers G-League affiliate the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Stewart will end up playing there next season.

Joining him in the Summer League will likely be Aaron Holiday, TJ Leaf, Ike Anigbogu, Edmond Sumner, Alize Johnson and others. The Pacers Summer League games will start on July 6th in Las Vegas.

How the Indiana Pacers can get to Kevin Pritchard’s suggested $20 million in cap space

Kevin Pritchard shared a lot of insight into the Indiana Pacers offseason plans after the NBA Draft last night.

The Pacers selected UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday and Missouri State forward Alize Johnson but Pritchard’s comments about the rest of the roster were much more interesting.

A couple of times Pritchard mentioned that the Pacers will have about $20 million in cap space on July 1 when free agency begins.

“Where we really get better is July 1,” said the Pacers President of Basketball Operations. “That’s what this is set up to, when we traded Paul and brought in Victor and Domas, part of that whole equation was being able to set up $20 million in cap space on July 1. I’m not saying we’re going to sign a guy. I think there could be uneven trades. A lot of of things could happen with that [space].”

Pritchard said that they had their sights on a specific player selected much earlier in the draft and had a few possible deals with teams by taking on a contract to move up, but that the deals were too “cost prohibitive.” Lots of teams like the Nuggets, Wizards and Timberwolves were rumored to be looking to unload a contract and move back in the first round but were unsuccessful in finding takers.

“I wanted flexibility to add a real player this summer July 1,” said Pritchard. He mentioned them wanting to stay disciplined and avoid taking on a bad contract now as they are about to get to their $20 million in cap space.

For the Pacers to get that $20 million number, there are a couple of ways that it could happen.

The salary cap is $101.2 million, so the Pacers would need to be near $81 million in total salary and cap holds to have a real $20 million in space. Let’s start with looking at who on the roster the Pacers are likely to keep and see how much we have left.

“Everything is so fluid but at the end of the day, we said our top six, seven guys we wanted to have back and then make additions,” Pritchard said after the draft.

The top six or seven guys are in all likelihood the following: Victor Oladipo ($21 million), Myles Turner ($3.4 million), Domas Sabonis ($2.6 million), Darren Collison ($10 million), Bojan Bogdanovic ($10.5 million), Cory Joseph ($7.9 million) and Thaddeus Young ($13.7 million).

Young is the likely “or seven” guy as he has a player option that he has not yet decided on. Pritchard confirmed that Cory Joseph has opted in officially and they’ve received the paperwork.

“We’ve had a few conversations with his agent, but at the end of the day it’s his decision,” Pritchard said of Young. “We’d like to have him back. We’d like to keep this core.”

Young seems a little unhappy with what the Pacers are willing to offer long term in a deal as he tweeted out a few things yesterday.

Based on these tweets, Thad seems to want to return to Indiana but he may be looking for a longer deal elsewhere if the Pacers aren’t willing to give him more security in a contract as he just turned 30 yesterday.

“I think he’s exploring what he can get, but we have no indication either way,” said Pritchard.

If he opts in, those seven players add up to $69.1 million.

Aaron Holiday ($1.9 million) and TJ Leaf ($2.4 million) are locks to be included on the Pacers roster.

Monta Ellis’s dead cap from his stretched out $2.2 million can added as well.

That’s 9 roster spots for a total of $75.6 million. For the Pacers to get $20 million in space, this total can only get up to $81 million.

That leaves the following players: Al Jefferson ($10 million only $4 million guaranteed), Lance Stephenson ($4.3 million team option), Joe Young ($1.6 million unguaranteed), Ike Anigbogu ($1.5 million), Alex Poythress ($1.3 million). There are also free agents Trevor Booker ($1.5 million cap hold) and Glenn Robinson III ($1.5 million cap hold).

Joe Young is almost guaranteed to be waived after the drafting of Holiday. Jefferson would have to be waived to stay under that mark but $4 million gets added to that total.

That puts the sum at $79.6 million.

The big question mark remaining would be fan favorite Lance Stephenson. His $4.3 million team option would not allow the Pacers to get to $20 million in space in this scenario. It’s possible that Pritchard was rounding up but including either Anigbogu and Poythress (or similarly cost against the cap that would come from their empty roster spot cap holds) that would push the total closer to $16 million in space if the holds were rescinded on Robinson and Booker.

Another way that the Pacers could get to that $20 million while keeping Thad Young is if they could come to an agreement on a deal in the range of 3 years, $30 million, which would save the Pacers $3.7 million in space this year and push them back up $20 million overall while keeping Stephenson. But the closer we get to Young’s decision date, it seems that either that’s not enough for Young or that the Pacers aren’t even willing to offer that. And the longer this takes, the more likely it seems that he could opt out with no long-term deal in place. His agent is likely gauging interest among other teams and seeing if he can find a better deal than whatever the Pacers are offering that Young is currently disappointed with.

If Young opts out and goes elsewhere, that’s $13.7 million in cap space that the Pacers gain, the Pacers would have about $20 million in space even without waiving Jefferson or anyone else if he opts out. So it’s possible that Pritchard’s $20 million was projecting if Young opted out, but it didn’t sound like it in context.

Pritchard wanting to keep the “top six or seven” players is an interesting number as it seems to cut the line right at Stephenson, who is probably number eight. It’s still highly possible that he’ll be back, but it doesn’t seem as guaranteed as you would think.

Stephenson is a good rotational player for Indiana at a cheap price, so if Pritchard decides to cut ties with the energetic, crowd-pleasing guard, he’ll have to have something lined up that he wants to use that space for. Simply cutting him and then coming up with nothing better to replace him with wouldn’t be a good look to the fanbase that just lost probably the second most popular player on the team.

One of those guys that Pritchard targets could be Marcus Smart, the Celtics restricted free agent, who has been rumored as a target for the Pacers since during the season.

Whatever happens, it should be an interesting few weeks as Pritchard scours the trade and free agent markets with a minimum of $10-16 million in cap space and a maximum of over $30 million.

“They wildly overachieved and they deserve to see if they can build on that,” said Pritchard. “It’s my job to add a few more players, a few more pieces that could help them get past the first round or make the playoffs.”

NBA Draft 2018: Trades for the Indiana Pacers to consider on draft night

The NBA Draft is upon us. Tonight is the day where 60 young men have their dreams come true as they are drafted by an NBA franchise. The Pacers have a lot of options in this draft. Yesterday, we looked at a few prospects that could be available at 23 that might be able to contribute right away for the Indiana Pacers in their rookie season.

Today, we look at a few possible, at least semi-plausible, trades that Kevin Pritchard and the Indiana Pacers front office could look to make on draft night. Pritchard used to have so much success via trade when he was with the Portland Trailblazers that “The Pritch Slap” was born. We’ll see if Pritchard can pull something off like that tonight.

Trade One: Moving on up!

  • Indiana Pacers receive: Kenneth Faried and the 14th overall pick
  • Denver Nuggets receive: Al Jefferson and the 23rd pick

This trade has been thrown out there by many people including most recently Bobby Marks and ESPN. This was also close to what a possible deal at the deadline looked like according to some Pacers rumors at the time, but Al Jefferson and other Pacers asked Pritchard to let the team stick together for the rest of the season and no moves were made.

I think this trade and others in the list would be more likely to happen if Thaddeus Young had already decided that he was going to decline his option and look to test out the free agent market. With his decision still up in the air, the Pacers may be less likely to take Faried’s deal on. It doesn’t affect the Pacers cap space next year since Faried only has a single season left on the deal and that seems to be a possible sticking point for Pritchard on why a long-term agreement hasn’t been reached with Young.

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Three possible first-rounders that could contribute immediately for the Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have the 23rd pick in this year’s NBA Draft. A spot much later in the draft than almost everyone would have predicted they be in at this time last year when their former star player advised the franchise that he would not be re-signing with the Pacers.

Last year’s draft pick, TJ Leaf, struggled in his rookie season on the defensive end of the floor which caused him to see little playing time and eventually the Pacers added Trevor Booker and took away any chance of Leaf seeing more meaningful minutes. Leaf showed some promise on the offensive end with a large repertoire of moves but was unable to contribute much in his first season with the team.

Can the Pacers find someone to be an immediate contributor this season? It doesn’t happen all that often this late in the draft, but pick 23 has actually been a good spot historically for finding role players with more hits than misses in the last decade (23rd pick from 2017 back to 2007: OG Anunoby, Ante Zizic, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Rodney Hood, Solomon Hill, John Jenkins, Nikola Mirotic, Trevor Booker, Omri Casspi, Kosta Koufos, Wilson Chandler).

Here are a three prospects that are expected to go somewhere in range of the Pacers selection that may provide some hope of becoming a rotation player from day one. Based on Leaf’s rookie season, I’d put the emphasis on finding someone that can play defense right away. Defense seems to translate to minutes at the next level a little faster than offense. With Pacers coach Nate McMillan unlikely to give a rookie much to do on offense anyway, defense is the only way for a young player to really earn a spot in the rotation for a playoff team and stay there.

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Myles Turner is putting in the work on his body with pictures to prove it

If you follow Myles Turner on Instagram, you’ve seen his workout, hot yoga, and kickboxing routines for weeks on his story posts.

Today, Turner took to Twitter to show how the transformation of his body is going.

The caption here that Turner knows he’s still got a lot of work to do is probably the most encouraging part of his efforts.

He was inspired by a teammate’s half-joking, half-serious “soft” comment last season and started playing more physical and looks to be adding strength to make that type of play even easier for him next season.

At this point last season, it was Victor Oladipo posting pictures like this, so don’t underestimate the power of transforming your body (though it’d probably be smart to not set expectations too high either). It looks like Turner is taking the cue from the team’s best player.

Victor Oladipo sings duet with Charles Barkley, talks Pacers on NBA on TNT

Victor Oladipo appeared on the NBA on TNT show as an analyst in place of Kenny Smith last night during the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows.

Oladipo discussed his breakout season with Indiana, the Pacers series with the Cavs, the Rockets/Warriors looming showdown (Dipo says Warriors in 7) and, in perhaps the most entertaining part of the night, sang a duet with Charles Barkley. The song choice was Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”

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Thad Young and the Pacers share desire for a return to Indiana

Thaddeus Young just had the defensive series of his life against Kevin Love and the Cavaliers, being the primary reason for Love’s struggles for the vast majority of that 7-game series. Will he try use this to cash in on free agency or return to the Pacers for at least one more season?

Young, one of the Indiana Pacers captains for the 2017-18 season, has a player option of just under $14 million for 2018-19.

“I know I have to make that decision by the end of June,” said Young of his player option in an interview with Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype, “but I haven’t made a final decision on what exactly I’m going to do yet.”

While he hasn’t made a commitment one way or another regarding that option, all signs from Young and the Pacers front office point towards a mutual feeling of wanting #21 back in the blue and gold for next season whether he opts in or not.

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Free Agent Watch: Jerami Grant

Free Agent Profile

Player: Jerami Grant

Current team: OKC Thunder

Current salary: $1,524,305

Free Agent Status: Unrestricted

Strengths

Grant entered the league as a high second round pick (39th overall) regarded as a hybrid forward who did not shoot well on the perimeter but did get to the line with ease due to his high motor. His athleticism and physical tools were seen as his key to minutes on the court early in his career, and he earned minutes during his time in Philadelphia, starting 52 games in his second season.

After playing with the Sixers, he landed with OKC. In the Thunder’s system, he has carved a niche as a spot starter and key role player, sometimes playing the 5 in the Thunder’s small lineups.

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