Indiana Pacers Rumors
Alykhan Bijani: Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for Week 17 of the 2018-19 season (Feb. 4-10).
The award marks the first time Bogdanovic has been named Player of the Week in his career. He joins teammates Victor Oladipo (Week 3) and Thaddeus Young (Week 9) as Eastern Conference Player of the Week award winners this season. This is the first time in team history in which three different Pacers players have earned Player of the Week honors in one season.
Victor Oladipo has not been given a prediction for a return to full-scale workouts or playing in a game, but remains optimistic about coming back as strong as before his injury. “I’m just taking it one day at a time,” he said. “At the end of the day I’m a positive butterfly. I’m not looking too far into the future and I’m not looking at the past; just focused on today and trying to get better every day.”
On whether his injury was related to the knee soreness that kept him out of 11 games in November and December: Victor Oladipo: “Who knows? I can sit here and say it’s related, but I really wouldn’t know. I can sit here and say it’s not related, but I really wouldn’t know. I ‘m sure it might be connected in some way, but who can tell? Who knows, really? I’m not toto focused on the past. All I’m really worried about is today and today I have rehab at 4:30.”
On whether he plans to return to Indianapolis and rejoin the team at some point before the season ends: Victor Oladipo: “Definitely. I plan on coming back and coming to some games and supporting when I’m able to. I’m looking forward to that, too. Being back in the arena and seeing the fans and my teammates and my coaching staff and everybody that works for the Pacers as well. I miss them, for sure.”
Stauskas was first acquired by the Cavs in last week’s Rodney Hood trade. Two days later, Stauskas was sent to the Houston Rockets — part of the three-team deal involving Alec Burks. Then, prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, Houston shipped Stauskas to the Indiana Pacers, where he was ultimately waived. Because he was traded once more by Houston after his brief stop in Cleveland and then waived by another team, in this case Indiana, the Cavs were able to sign him.