After starting their trip with such promise last Monday in Memphis, the Pacers are now just trying to return to the Fieldhouse even Steven before heading into a high-profile homestand.
Before heading home the Pacers released forward Dominic McGuire since his final 10-day contract is up. According to Mike Wells, the Pacers are hoping bring back Sam Young. Young was released after suffering a severe sprained ankle earlier in the month.
The Pacers let Young go initially to save a few bucks by not having to guarantee his contract for the remainder of the season. Now that young is presumably healthy, the Pacers can sign him at the veteran minimum. The pacers could use Young's fresh legs as Lance Stephenson appears to have hit a wall recently and Gerald Green continues to struggle. Young also gives more size than Orlando Johnson to guard wing players. Plus, more competition for playing time may snap Stephenson out of his funk and keep those reserve wings fighting for minutes.
In other news, the Boston Celtics lost Rajon Rondo for the season on Sunday with a knee injury. At best, the C's will likely remain in the 8th spot in the East. Philadelphia is currently 2.5 games back and would be the most likely team to jump ahead of the C's. The injury also increases the possibility that the C's will ship a few key players before the trade deadline. Oh, and with all of that drama, Boston beat the Miami Heat in overtime on Sunday.
Check out the links:
- Pacers-Nuggets Preview - AP
- Indiana Pacers at Denver Nuggets preview - The Denver Post
- Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson's midrange jump shot becoming a real joy - The Denver Post
- Andre Iguodala still searching for comfort zone with Denver Nuggets - The Denver Post
- Celtics face harsh new reality after Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury - Yahoo! Sports
- Will the Celtics miss Rajon Rondo? - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
- NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies expected to chase Paul Pierce - SBNation.com
- NBA Playoffs Tracker: 6 East teams bunch up below Heat - SBNation.com
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