Indiana Pacers Rumors
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say David West is most likely to wind up with one of two teams after leaving Indiana: San Antonio or Washington: 11 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Lavoy Allen landed a three-year deal paying around $12 million from the Pacers, a source said.: 1 more rumor
Marc J. Spears: The Pacers have agreed to re-sign forward Lavoy Allen to a multi-year deal, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Jessica Camerato: Can confirm @Marc J. Spears report Lavoy Allen returning to Pacers. According to source, it’s a 3-year deal with team option for 3rd year.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: If Mavs miss on DeAndre Jordan, it’s expected talks with Indiana on Monta Ellis-Roy Hibbert centered sign-and-trade will happen.: 3 more rumors
Jorge Castillo: #Wizards have expressed interest in Chris Copeland, as @Jared Zwerling 1st reported. Copeland is a stretch-4 option. 37.3% career 3pt shooter
Andrew Perna: Tax issues with Monta’s deal: With Indy pays $374K in state tax annually. If he took Kings deal, bill would have been $1.57M.: 20 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Monta Ellis turned down more $ from Sacramento. Kings offered $48 million over 4 years: 20 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Monta Ellis agrees to 4-year deal with Indiana: 20 more rumors
Ken Berger: Monta Ellis and the Pacers have agreed on a four-year deal, league source tells @CBSSports.
“You know, obviously Roy wants to play, he knows he’s unpopular right now, but we talked and he’s going to be a professional. He’s always been a professional. He’s had his ups and downs but he’s always been a pro and been diligent about his work. He’s working to get better. He’s going to fight. He’s not going to be one of those guys who’s going to become a locker room issue.
West also cleared up the apparent confusion over when he opted out. On draft night, Bird insisted that he hadn’t yet heard from either Hibbert or West or their representatives, even going so far as to say he expected both to opt in. When some of us in the media persisted asking about West, Bird, who enjoys tweaking us just for fun, said, “Anybody else got any stupid questions??” then pointed to the Indianapolis Star’s Candace Buckner, who last week broke the news that West was opting out. “C’mon, Candace, I know you’ve got some (dumb questions) in you.”
Here’s West on that subject: “We wanted to be respectful so I had my agent tell the organization two, three days before the draft that we were going to opt out of the final year of the contract,” West said. “I felt doing it post-draft wouldn’t be the right thing to do.” So, um, somebody fudged the truth, and I’m not betting that it’s West.
David West is willing to put his money where his mouth is – even if he loses quite a bit of it in the process. According to a person with knowledge of his situation, the free agent forward who declined a $12.2 million player option to stay with the Indiana Pacers next season, has serious interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the free agency process.: 11 more rumors
Then there was this: You remember the post-season postmortem when Larry Bird all but begged Roy Hibbert to opt out of the final year of his contract? West was watching. West was listening. And West was seething. He thought it was a low-class move by the organization to, in his words, “throw Roy under the bus.” “That’s one thing where I wish they would have handled better was the situation with Roy,” West said. “I’ll be honest with you, that bothered me a little bit, and I told Roy that. I’m the type of guy who feels like we’re all in this fight together and I’m not designed in that way to put it all on one guy. That did rub me the wrong way. That threw me off. I started reading some of that stuff, I started thinking, ‘Whoaa.’ I just didn’t feel good about that. I told Roy that it bothered me, that he’s still my teammate.
Sacramento wants to pursue several free agents with the space, including point guards Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis and shooting guard Wesley Matthews, sources said. The Indiana Pacers were meeting with Ellis on Wednesday in Indiana and working to reach a deal with him, league sources told Yahoo.: 20 more rumors
J. Michael: Just told that Rodney Stuckey, who i reported earlier as a player of interest, “very much a possibility”. Stuckey made $1.2M last yr for #Pacers so he’s gonna want a nice raise probably more than biannual exception #WizardsTalk #NBA @CSNWizards: 6 more rumors
Steve Kyler: “At this point in my career, I just want to win,” David West told WTHR.com’s @bkravitz. “I’m just not sure the Pacers are in title contention right now. I’m going into my 13th season. I just don’t know if the team is in the position to win right now and I didn’t know if I’d have that opportunity to win a title. I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the finals”: 11 more rumors
Bob Kravitz: West said his agent informed the Pacers of his opt out two, three days before Draft. Bird continually denied that. Hmmm.: 11 more rumors
Bob Kravitz: Not the reason he left, but West was very annoyed at the way the Pacers, specifically Bird, took shots at Hibbert during post-season presser: 11 more rumors