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- Larry Bird on Stephenson: 'I really feel bad about losing him' July 22, 2014Lance Stephenson’s overall character has come into question for as long as anyone can remember. It’s clear that he’s a talented athlete, and on some nights he even appeared to be the best player on the court. In a league that has brought together the best basketball players on the planet and some of the best athletes in the history of mankind, Lance standing out, even if only in spurts, really says something about this guy’s talent. It really makes you wonder what in the heck is going on. Why would Stephenson slightly more cash on a shorter deal, to play for a team with less talent? Remember, the Pacers offered Lance a five-year deal, worth a guaranteed $44 million. The deal Lance accepted from the Hornets is a three-year deal, worth a total of $27 million. The big catch is that Charlotte has a team option after year two, so Lance is actually only guaranteed $18 million. Do the math. Stephenson left his home, and the team who finished number one in the east last season, for less security, and a $200 g
- Evan Turner signs contract with Boston Celtics July 22, 2014Free-agent guard Evan Turner reached a deal with the Boston Celtics, his agent David Falk told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. Falk said his client is happy to sign with Boston and looks forward to a fresh start with the Celtics. Turner spent the first three-plus seasons of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded to the Indiana Pacers at the February trade deadline. It didn't work out for the Pacers or Turner, and Indiana declined to extend the qualifying offer $8.7 million for 2014-15, which made Turner a free agent.
- Can Roy Hibbert figure things out in 2014? July 22, 2014The Indiana Pacers were extremely disappointed in the play of big man Roy Hibbert down the stretch of last season and into the playoffs, and are hoping that he can figure things out in 2014. Can Hibbert rebound off of his poor performance last season? There is no doubt that Hibbert has the skill and potential to be one of the best big men in the NBA, but he has to figure out how to fix his issues and become the dominant presence that he has the potential to be. Hibbert ended the 2013-14 season averaging 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game, which may not look like terrible numbers from the outside looking in. Unfortunately, he shot shot just 43.9 percent from the floor and 6.6 rebounds per game is unacceptable for a 7’2″ center. There are some very obvious issues with his game that need to be fixed before he gets back to being the maximum caliber that Larry Bird made him. First and
- Evan Turner set to sign with the Celtics July 22, 2014This isn't a bad signing. Evans is a former No. 2 pick from the 2010 draft. But the 25-year-old Turner hasn't had the career as one. I think this is a low risk move that could result in a high reward. The deal will be half of the mid-level exception, which makes this a sound signing. Turner has averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists over four NBA seasons. This doesn't make Boston contenders, but the Celtics get a chance to revitalize Turner's career. CSNNEAccording to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, the Celtics --using a portion of their mid-level exception. -- will sign Evan Turner.Turner averaged 17.1 points per game with the Sixers last season before being traded to the Pacers, where he took on a bench role. He's a versatile forward, standing at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds. A former No 2. overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, at the very least he's a young talent that gives the Celtics another option at the small forward spot should Jeff Green ...
- Boston Celtics: Evan Turner Signing Grade July 22, 2014Boston Celtics: Evan Turner Signing Grade Nekias Duncan: Lead Writer At Hoopstuff… Terms: currently undisclosed, estimated between $2M-4M per season… I’ll preface this by saying I’m a huge Evan Turner fan, and have been since he was balling out at Ohio State. Last year was a bit of a lost season for Turner. Oh sure, he was averaging a respectable 17.4 ppg, 6 rpg, and 3.7 apg for the Sixers while shooting subpar from the field (42.8% FG, 28.8% 3PT), but he fell hard once he was traded to the Pacers on deadline day, a move that was supposed to make the then-hot Pacers the clear-cut favorites in the East. Turner would go on to average 7.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, and 2.4 apg while shooting 41.1% or the duration of the regular season, and only played 149 total minutes in the postseason. It’s just not a good sign when someone as young and, contrary to now-popular belief, talented as Turner to get replaced in the rotation by Rasual Butler. Or allegedly getting into a fistfight with Lance Stephenson....
- Abandon Hope, Almost All Ye Who Enter the N.B.A. Playoffs June 1, 2014More than the other major sports, the N.B.A. is extremely unlikely to have a dark-horse champion, largely because of the cap on individual players’ salaries.
- Heat Calmly Thrash Pacers and Book Annual Trip to the Finals May 31, 2014LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points as Miami, the two-time defending champion, reached the finals for the fourth straight year. “It’s only another steppingstone to our goal,” Bosh said.
- Pacers’ Stephenson Gets in James’s Ear, but Not in His Head May 30, 2014Indiana stayed alive by winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals as Miami’s LeBron James was limited to 7 points.
- With Foul-Plagued James Forced to Sit, the Pacers Remain Standing May 29, 2014Paul George scored 37 points to lead Indiana to victory in Game 5 as LeBron James, who played just 24 minutes, had only 7 points.
- From Puffed Chests to Sagging Hopes May 28, 2014Trailing the Heat, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference finals, the once confident Pacers looked to extend the series at home.