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November 6, 2014 Updates

That “killer instinct” isn’t something a player can learn or pick up over time. It’s something within him like an “it” factor. You either have it, or you don’t. Or as Nets coach Lionel Hollins would say, “You’re either pregnant, or you’re not.” “His skill level is awesome,” an Eastern Conference GM told SheridanHoops. “His athleticism is off the charts. He’s got a prototypical NBA body and will get stronger. He can be a Paul George type of defender. In the open court, he can be really a terrific player. For him it’s just a matter of continuing to develop a skill set. He’ll do that. He’s a hard worker.” SheridanHoops

Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana has signed guard A.J. Price, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

The Indiana Pacers are working to complete the signing of free-agent guard A.J. Price after abandoning plans to sign Gal Mekel because of a procedural snag with Mekel's visa, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Pacers, after Wednesday flying Mekel to Boston so he could meet the team there Thursday, pulled out of a deal to sign the Israeli point guard upon learning that Mekel's visa that allows him to play in the NBA would likely not be renewed until Friday in the wake of his recent release by the Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com

The Pacers, sources said, then moved onto Price, who spent his first three NBA seasons in Indiana and became a free agent this week after his recent release by the Cleveland Cavaliers. ESPN.com

Marc Stein: Because of a procedural delay in securing new visa for a foreign player, Pacers' plan to sign PG Gal Mekel has been thrown into jeopardy Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

November 5, 2014 Updates

The injury-hit Indiana Pacers are in the process of signing free-agent guard Gal Mekel, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Mekel, who's in his second NBA season and ranks as one of Israel's two exports in the league alongside Sacramento's Omri Casspi, also drew interest from Oklahoma City since his release by the Dallas Mavericks last week. ESPN.com

Don’t tell that to Kevin Seraphin. The Wizards backup big man is eager to trample the undermanned Pacers when they travel to the District for a nationally television meeting Wednesday night at Verizon Center. “Really bad. Really bad,” said Seraphin, who scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting Tuesday in the Wizards’ 98-83 victory over the New York Knicks. “We owe them. They came last year to Washington, beat us three times and basically took our playoffs away so we owe them. Now we got to get it, especially at home. That’s something we’re trying to establish right now. That’s our home now so nobody is going to come and beat us. If you’re going to beat us you’re going to have to leave some blood on the ground. So that’s what we’re trying to do.” Washington Post

November 4, 2014 Updates
November 3, 2014 Updates

“Their starting lineup has no shooting,” one Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “Last year Josh McRoberts spaced the floor for them, but now you can really pack the paint against Charlotte. The Pacers last year had great spacing with Paul George and George Hill as strong 3-point shooters, and David West had good range. Lance just doesn’t have the same driving lanes in Charlotte.” Another scout believes Stephenson may wish he never left the Pacers by the end of the season. “When you’re the third option it’s easy to excel,” another Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “Coming to Charlotte, he’s more of a marked man. He probably thinks he’s better than he really is. When the tide rises, all boats rise. Indiana was winning and everyone looked good.” SheridanHoops



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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