Has the Indiana Pacers’ championship window closed?

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Have the Indiana Pacers already gone as far as they can go with this roster? It’s a question overlooked with all the big moves being made this offseason in the Eastern Conference, and the Central Division in particular. A quick synopsis, for those who watched the World Cup and forgot about basketball since the Finals ended:Cleveland signed LeBron James, drafted Andrew Wiggins and could trade Wiggins to Minnesota in a blockbuster deal for Kevin Love. Chicago got rid of Carlos Boozer and

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Tweet of the Day: Lance Stephenson Is Heading To The Hive

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Lance Stephenson, seen posing with $1 million in cash, will be cashing in upwards of $27 million in Charlotte. Lance Stephenson has chosen to turn down longterm offers to stay in Indiana for the Charlotte Hornets. The reports seem as perplexing as his on-court behavior. He was being offered five years and $44 million guaranteed to remain with the Pacers, but opted for three years and $18 million guaranteed—the third year is a team option. While it may seem puzzling to

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Indiana Pacers Salaries and Analysis

INDIANA PACERS 2015-16 Offseason Additions: G Monta Ellis 2015 Draft Picks: C Myles Turner, G Joseph Young Draft Picks Coming: None Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under:  Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Used on James Posey (2011)PLAYER 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20Paul George $17,120,000 $18,310,000 $19,510,000  $20,700,000Roy Hibbert $15,510,000  Monta Ellis $11,000,000 $11,000,000 $11,000,000 $11,000,000George Hill $8,000,000  $8,000,000Rodney Stuckey  $7,000,000 $7,000,000  $7,000,000C.J. Miles $4,390,000 $4,580,000 $4,770,000Lavoy Allen $4,000,000  $4,000,000  $4,000,000Ian Mahinmi $4,000,000Chris CopelandSolomon Hill  $1,360,000 $2,310,000 $3,360,000Damjan Rudez $1,150,000 $1,200,000  $1,500,000S. Whittington  $1,050,000David WestLuis ScolaDonald SloanTOTAL SALARY $74,580,000 $56,400,000 $51,140,000 $31,700,000 $0Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX

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Tweet of the Day: Player Reactions To All NBA Teams

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Wednesday the All-NBA Teams were announced, and with them came a slew of congratulatory, confused and frustrated tweets. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all vote getters as the lone unanimous selection to the First Team, followed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Much to the chagrin of 124 NBA writers with voting privileges, Chris Sheridan, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, was the lone vote preventing

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Scotto: Lance Stephenson Leaves NBA Executives Split on his Free Agency Value

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Lance Stephenson is a free agent enigma and a polarizing topic amongst league executives. Stephenson, a tantalizing talent who led the league in triple-doubles (5), showed signs of immaturity during the playoffs with his antics toward LeBron James, leaving several executives split on his free agency value. The general consensus is Stephenson could command a yearly salary ranging from the $5.3 million non-taxpayer mid-level exception to as high as $10 million. The mid-level exception indicates concern over Stephenson’s maturity level, while the $10

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NBA Players React to All-Defensive Teams

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2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah led all vote getters for the NBA All-Defensive First Team. The NBA released the 2014 All-Defensive teams Monday afternoon. Leading the charge was the 2014 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who led all vote getters. He was the only player to get triple-digit votes for the First Team, tallying 105 such votes as well as another 13 Second Team votes

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NBA players react to Lance Stephenson’s antics in Game 6, Bill Simmons and Mike Wilbon have harsh criticism

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Facing elimination once again, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was supposed to be do-or-die for the desperate Indiana Pacers. Instead, the team looked flat for much of the night on both ends of the floor, went down by 26 points by half time, and the game was well out of reach by mid-third quarter. Despite having the best record in the East during the regular season, it has been a tumultuous year for the Pacers. They limped their way into the

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SH Blog: Donald Sterling and Lance Stephenson steal the show

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As great as these NBA playoffs have been, two characters seem to keep finding ways to steal the show. The first culprit? Donald Sterling. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been doing his best to sweep this mess under the rug as quickly as possible. In fact, he’s made greater strides to accomplish that than I think any of us could have originally anticipated. Less than a month later, the team is already in the process of being sold.  [Read more…]

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