Indiana Pacers Rumors
The Pacers officially picked up the fourth-year option on Myles Turner’s rookie deal for the 2018-19 season, Kevin Pritchard said. Still, this is a business so Turner said it was nice to physically receive a letter of notification earlier this summer. “You can never assume anything,” he said. “It’s always refreshing just to see it first-hand. To know this organization has my back and has a great deal of respect for me, that’s all I can ask for.” He’ll earn $3.4 million for the final year of his rookie deal. One of the top priorities early next summer will be signing Turner to a contract extension.
Bembry’s agent, Adam Pensack, said about five workouts with NBA teams were canceled for his client due to the death of his brother. One was a workout with the Chicago Bulls against then-Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine. The Bulls ended up drafting Valentine with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. A workout for the Indiana Pacers was also canceled. Indiana also drafted a shooting guard in Michigan’s Caris LeVert with the 20th pick. A workout with the Toronto Raptors, owners of the ninth and 28th picks, was also canceled. With Bembry in mourning, the last thing Pensack was going to do was push his client to work out for teams to help improve his draft stock. Among the workouts Bembry did take part in before his brother died was a productive one with the Hawks, who had the 21st pick.
“Kings should never leave their kingdoms,” Miller likes to say. But on Wednesday, he was saying something else entirely. The NBA on TNT analyst was saying loyalty has to be a two-way street, and so often in the NBA these days, it isn’t. “I see Paul George leaves my beloved Pacers and wants out to go to OKC … well, this is a business, people,” Miller said during a media teleconference. “As much as we would love for the stability of players to play for one organization, especially the superstars, and uplift (their team) and make make them winners, (at) the end of the day, it’s a business.”
Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle and is expected to be out of the lineup until mid-December, league sources told ESPN. Robinson had missed most of training camp and the preseason with a high ankle sprain, and the necessity now for a surgical procedure will extend his original two-month timetable on a return for an additional two to four weeks, league sources said.