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October 23, 2014 Updates

"I wanted to stay there but they gave me a deadline where I had to choose," Stephenson said. "So there wasn't no time for me to make a decision. They gave me a deadline (before) how long it (was) going to take for them to go somewhere else. I had to make a quick decision and me and my agent decided we would see what other teams (were) talking about." Indianapolis Star

On July 2, the Pacers turned their attention to Plan B and agreed to terms with free agent CJ Miles. In Stephenson's view, the Miles' deal sealed his departure from the Pacers. "They didn't have nothing else. They had no more money or anything. That was basically it right there," Stephenson said. "Soon as I said no to that offer, they went and signed CJ. I figured they thought I had no chance of coming back, they just went on and signed CJ. … I felt like it was a wrap after that." Indianapolis Star

"They said shorter deals but it didn't make no sense to do the deals that they were talking about," Stephenson said. "I figured I'd just go somewhere else where I could be more happy and I feel like I'm playing (for) at least what I'm worth." Indianapolis Star

While that dinner included countless laughs and plenty of reminiscing, there's one reunion that will have to wait. Stephenson has not communicated with his former mentor, Bird, since leaving for Charlotte. "There ain't no hard feelings. That's my guy, but I haven't talked to him," said Stephenson, who expects to see Bird on Nov. 19 when he returns to Indiana for the first time as a Hornet. Definitely," Stephenson said. "I'm going to speak to him." Indianapolis Star

With the Pacers in town for Thursday’s preseason finale, Stephenson had dinner in Charlotte with Roy Hibbert, George Hill, and Ian Mahinmi. Also present were Pacers rookie Shayne Whittington and Director of Player Relations Heather Denton. Both Hill and Hibbert shared a picture with Stephenson on social media. Hill wrote “GOOD TO SEE HIM TONIGHT.. ALWAYS GREAT LAUGHS WHEN HES AROUND… #MISSMYBRO,” while Hibbert said he was “Glad for him n his fam in Char.” Pacers.com

The Indiana Pacers are now accepting nominations for the Indiana Pacers “Indiana Heroes” Award Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group. The Indiana Heroes program serves as one of the premier community outreach programs of the Pacers organization. Anyone can nominate an individual or a group that has made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others and who, through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, has made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community and our State. NBA.com

October 22, 2014 Updates

Before Stephenson had committed to Charlotte, his representatives had recognized his successful growth with the Indiana Pacers and a desire to stay. Move a salary off the books, move a player here or there and keep your homegrown talent, Stephenson’s management team urged the Pacers’ front office. With the ability to shed part or all of Luis Scola’s and Donald Sloan’s contracts, people involved in negotiations brought up scenarios to remove those deals to create an increased Year 1 and Year 2 salary for Stephenson in a deal with Indiana. Suggestions went unanswered, without execution. Under the direction of Larry Bird and Herb Simon, the Pacers remained resistant in their contract offer to Stephenson, and lost him. Bird had called Stephenson’s behaviors “disappointing” late in last season’s playoffs, had failed to convince ownership enough of his former second round pick to spike into a luxury tax area, but Stephenson was his guy. He always shielded Stephenson privately and publicly. Away from this partnership, Stephenson understands there’s no turning back now, no grudge to keep. RealGM

October 21, 2014 Updates

Scott Agness: C.J. Watson (sore right foot) will be held out tonight at MIN. "He could play if it was the regular season,” Vogel said. (via @Kyle_Ratke) Twitter @ScottAgness

October 20, 2014 Updates

Paul George is less than three months removed from surgery after he sustained an open tibia-fibula practice on August 1, and he’s doing even more on the basketball court. After the Pacers’ practice on Monday, George shot around — moving around loosely and comfortably [VIDEO]. He ditched his boot a couple weeks ago, and is now typically seen wearing two shoes rather than one and the boot. “[His] spirits are great,” head coach Frank Vogel said last week. “He’s encouraged; he’s optimistic that he’s going to try to get back as soon as possible. He’s around the team a lot being a contributor and being a smiling face and contributing to our culture.” Vigilant Sports

While the Lakers were going after Anthony in vain, they quietly pursued Chris Bosh as well, but he preferred the carcass of the Heat. Paul George, Angelino through and through, had once been the team's safest choice. But sources say one reason the two-way star had re-signed with the Pacers in the fall of 2013 instead was that he was turned off by the thought that Bryant would police his efforts. ESPN.com

October 19, 2014 Updates
October 17, 2014 Updates

A familiar face has returned to the Indiana Pacers’ scouting department after a few years away. The Pacers have re-hired Brian Winters as a collegiate scout, replacing Carl Nicks, who moved over to player relations after eight years on the daily grind of being a scout. Vigilant Sports

NBA star Paul George and his Queens ex-stripper baby mama are close to finalizing a “joint parenting, joint decision-making” resolution over their 5-month-old daughter, his lawyer said. The Indiana Pacers forward had been locked in a nasty custody battle with Daniela Rajic, who brought a paternity suit against him when baby Olivia was born last May. But on Thursday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper joked it was a “love fest” between the parents and said he was pleased to see them chatting before the hearing began. New York Post

October 16, 2014 Updates

Scott Agness: Paul George met his 5-month-old daughter, Olivia, for the 1st time. RT @Paul George: In love and blessed!! My baby girl! instagram.com/p/uOmjYrHMln/ Twitter @ScottAgness

 

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