Paul George of the Indiana Pacers talks about his signature play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, his ongoing duel with LeBron James and his meteoric rise this season.
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send guards Leandro Barbosa and Anthony Carter to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second-round draft pick, a person close to the situation said Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized. The Pacers declined to comment.
“I think a lot of us made a lot of selfish decisions that day. I made a selfish decision to stop trying to break it up and to confront Lindsey Hunter and Richard Hamilton. That was my selfish decision. Ron made a selfish decision by going into the stands. We all made selfish decisions, but at the same time, we were protecting each other. It’s kind of hard to see if that’s right or wrong.”
— Stephen Jackson
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Free agent swingman J.R. Smith currently lists on his Twitter page the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers as teams he is considering.
However, the Knicks and Clippers appear to be the frontrunners to sign him, according to the source with knowledge of the talks.
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Wednesday that he has spoken to Smith recently and that the conversation went “very, very well.”
The Knicks remain the presumptive favorites to sign Smith because they can offer him a pro-rated share of their $2.5 million mini-midlevel exception and a player option for a second year. The Clippers, meanwhile, can offer him only the veteran’s minimum for the rest of this season.
A league source said Wednesday night that the Pacers, one of several other teams reportedly in the mix for Hornets center Chris Kaman, could, in fact, be the leading candidate for a swap.
The Pacers apparently are looking for a backup to Roy Hibbert.
Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio also reportedly have expressed interest in Kaman, who has not played since Jan. 23, was inactive on Jan. 25 at Oklahoma City, and was told two days later to stay away from the team as it attempted to negotiate a trade.
With the deadline for teams to negotiate contract extensions approaching in less than a week, Roy Hibbert said he thinks he will not get a new deal by next Wednesday.
“My personal gut feeling is that we’ll do something in the summer, because the max guys are the ones that get extensions right away,” Hibbert said. “I’m just going to follow my agent’s lead.”
He prefers to remain with the Pacers.
“I have every intention of staying,” Hibbert said. “Indiana is my home.”
The Indiana Pacers agreed on a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent forward David West, a source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.
The Hornets had been in discussions to send West to Boston in a sign-and-trade deal but NBA.com reported Sunday that those talks ended, which opened the door for Indiana to land West.
The Pacers may not be done dealing, though.
The Memphis Grizzlies are in advanced discussions with Indiana on a sign-and-trade deal that would bring free agent Josh McRoberts to the Grizzlies and send guard O.J. Mayo to the Pacers, according to sources close to the process.
The Pacers, sources say, also have Carl Landry and Andrei Kirilenko at the top of their frontcourt wish list.
Officials from the Pacers have been making calls to gather insight into Rondo’s reputation over the past few days.
While Indiana and the Celtics have talked about the preliminary framework of a deal, two sources say a third team would be needed to consummate the deal.
Boston is likely attempting to acquire enough pieces to eventually land CP3.
Jamaal Tinsley is determined to make an NBA comeback this season, even if means carving his own path back to the league.
The eight-year veteran, who played with the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, entered the D-League draft and was selected with the number one overall pick.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders made Tinsley the top pick over other former NBA players such as Alando Tucker and Gabe Pruitt. In Los Angeles, the 33-year-old Tinsley will be playing for former NBA head coach Eric Musselman.
The Indiana Pacers have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday that will officially seal Frank Vogel’s promotion to full-time coach, according to sources.
The long-anticipated move, which will be announced by Pacers president Larry Bird six days into the NBA’s first work stoppage since the summer of 1998, leaves the Detroit Pistons as the only team in the league without a coach.
Vogel emerged as the favorite to land the Pacers job in April, after replacing Jim O’Brien in January and, as interim coach, leading Indiana to its first playoff berth since 2006.