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February 16, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: My man @Zach Lowe writes of Toronto interest in David West. Hearing Indy leaning against trade unless West is one pushing to go. AND ... Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Garnett would have to waive his no-trade clause, and he does not enjoy change. West is an even trickier case. He has been available off and on in exchange for a first-round pick over the last couple of months, per several league sources, but Paul George’s potential mid-March return could change Indiana’s deadline stance. The Pacers are three games behind the no. 8 slot in the loss column, with a relatively easy and home-heavy schedule the rest of the way. If George really comes back on March 14 in Boston, as Marc Spears of Yahoo relayed over the weekend, Indy would have him for 18 of its final 28 games. Grantland

February 15, 2015 Updates
February 14, 2015 Updates

George said he has “no exact timetable” for a return, but has targeted March 1 as a day to begin practicing 100 percent, with a goal of playing in his first game in mid-March. His comments inspired a quick press release from the Pacers, stating George's return will be determined by the team's medical staff. Pacers coach Frank Vogel, wherever he was, probably executed a 360-degree eye roll when he heard George's latest comments. Vogel has consistently tried to dampen expectations of a return, perhaps in part because he's the one who'll have to answer the daily questions about it as the date approaches. Last week, after team president Larry Bird had thrown out the possibility of a March return and George had cautiously backed that notion, Vogel said he did not expect George to play this season. NBA.com

February 13, 2015 Updates

"March 1 isn't when I wanted to play my first game, but when I wanted to be full-out practicing, doing up-and-down full court without any restrictions or limitations," George told Yahoo Sports at an event for New Era. "From there on, it's seeing how far I can progress to where I play my first game. My hope is it's an opponent where I feel comfortable coming back to where there isn't too much pressure to perform, where I can ease my way back in. But I want to say around mid-March, I could probably come back around that time." Yahoo! Sports

February 12, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

Kerr still can't believe how fast things have come together with the Warriors. After all, he worked as a broadcaster during All-Star weekend the last four years. Now he'll be the game's first rookie coach since Indiana's Larry Bird in 1998, and he's hoping it's the first of many more appearances. "My goal is to someday become Phil Jackson and complain about having to coach the All-Star game," Kerr said, chuckling. "But I'm not there yet." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 8, 2015 Updates

Donnie Walsh, who serves as a consultant for the Indiana Pacers, played college basketball at the University of North Carolina. Before the start of Walsh's senior year, Dean Smith was announced as the new head coach. That 1961-62 Tar Heels roster also included former Pacers coach Larry Brown. Coach Smith, who coached two NCAA national championship teams and the 1976 Olympic gold medal team, passed away last night at his home in North Carolina. The following is a statement from Donnie Walsh about Coach Smith. "The announcement of the passing of Dean is a sad time for all the members of the North Carolina basketball and University family. He was a wonderful man and mentor and he was one of the largest influences in my life. The basketball world in general will mourn his passing and celebrate the many innovations he brought to the game but his legacy to all of us was as a decent and caring gentleman. Our coach and mentor." – Donnie Walsh NBA.com

February 6, 2015 Updates

Lineups featuring Hill and C.J. Miles hold some promise. In the bigger picture, the Pacers have to decide what they want to be this season — and how David West fits into that. There were rumblings about six weeks ago that the Pacers had made West available for a first-round pick, but those rumblings have quieted, and that price is probably too high. West is in decline and has a thorny player option for next season, but he can get you buckets in crunch time; the Pacers wouldn’t have escaped the Hawks last season without him. Grantland

February 5, 2015 Updates

The Raptors are one of several teams sniffing around for a roster upgrade, specifically at the power forward spot. A few names continue to surface around league sources when talking about Toronto, the biggest being Indiana’s David West, the next is Chicago’s Taj Gibson, then Denver’s Kenneth Faried and then there is a long list of B and C tier names that Toronto might consider at the deadline if all else fails. The Raptors are not offering much and that’s likely why there has been so little traction. There has been a long running joke among hoop heads that when Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls, you should say you are busy as you are about to get fleeced. Basketball Insiders



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