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David Aldridge: After East games tonight: Indiana clinches top seed in EC, locked into playing the eighth-seeded Hawks in the first round... Twitter @daldridgetnt

Ryan Carr: Currently the director of scouting for the Indiana Pacers, Carr was another name on several lists. Carr has been a key part in the Pacers’ overhaul and with the success they have had this year he is likely going to be mentioned in connection with more than a few open jobs. Carr has been more of a behind the scenes guy in Indiana, but when you look at the gems they have found late in the draft, Carr has been a big part of that. Basketball Insiders

April 13, 2014 Updates

And do what you will with this: The Heat was offered Evan Turner before Indiana. All they had to give up was Haslem, who wasn’t even playing. Haslem, like Danny Granger, has spent his basketball life with only one team, and he talks a lot about the Heat way and family. The Heat didn’t make the trade at least in part because it didn’t like how the message contradicted what it was selling James when it met him, or what it might do to the locker room. And Haslem, the old pro who has twice given up in excess of $10 million to stay in Miami, never once said a negative syllable from the bench, telling anyone who would listen that a time would come when he would be needed. And, as the Pacers continue an uncommon short-circuiting since the Granger-for-Turner trade, that was the undersized Haslem pushing around Roy Hibbert, the giant who called his teammates selfish, in the most recent game to help decide the Eastern Conference’s best team. Miami Herald

Scott Agness: “I back Frank (Vogel) 100 percent.” - Larry Bird to @DaveFurst. Said there were some things he went to him about early in the yr to clean up Twitter @ScottAgness

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The Pacers will continue to play basketball in Indianapolis for at least another decade under a $160 million deal the team and the city plan to announce Monday morning. The agreement locks the team into Bankers Life Fieldhouse for another 10 years, with three one-year renewal options, according to documents obtained by the Indianapolis Star. In exchange, the city will provide $160 million to cover operating costs and facility upgrades. The city's Capital Improvement Board is expected to vote on the deal Monday. Journal and Courier

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird’s 22-year-old son, Connor Bird, pled guilty to criminal recklessness Wednesday for a 2013 incident in which he allegedly tried to run over his ex-girlfriend with his car. Bird was busted last February at Indiana University after police said he threw a cell phone at his then girlfriend and then tried to run her over in a campus parking lot, according to multiple reports Toronto Sun

April 9, 2014 Updates

All five starters — George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert — didn’t go through shootaround and will sit tonight in Milwaukee, against a lowly Bucks team that has lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14. “The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said after shootaround. “We’re going to rest them and try to heal up some various bumps and bruises involved with all five guys. “We’re not playing well as a basketball team right now and the starters aren’t playing well. Our bench is not playing well. We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them and getting them healed up.” Why all five? “If you sit one or two guys for the game, nobody ever finds a rhythm,” Vogel said. Pacers.com

The Pacers are just a half-game back on the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but Vogel says improving their own play is their top priority. “We still have our sights on the No. 1 seed but the most important thing for our team is fixing our team,” he said. Pacers.com

April 8, 2014 Updates

Vogel floated the idea to rest his players during a team meeting the day after their 26-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs, sources told ESPN.com. The process started Monday when he cancelled practice and then gave the starters Tuesday off. Hibbert, who did not speak to the media, watched practice in street clothes. ESPN.com

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Three of the top four players are from the team's ABA era. All but the dead-eye shooter at No. 1.

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