Pacers Links: Summer Pacers back in action on Monday, Pat Knight now scouting for Pacers


The Pacers return to action in the Orlando Pro Summer League on Monday while the NBA offseason continues to develop interesting story lines. The Pacers also added a familiar name to their scouting staff.

The Summer Pacers take on the Summers Celtics in their second game at the Orlando Pro Summer League. Donald Sloan stood out with 21 points in the lackluster loss to the Summer Nets on Saturday morning.

The Summer C's won their first game against the SHeat on Saturday with Kelly Olynyk doing work inside and Mike Moser getting it done on the perimeter. Game time is at 3 p.m. ET so drop on by during the game.

Also, Candace Buckner reports that the Pacers hired former IU player and college coach, Pat Knight to serve as the team's West Coast scout. Prior to getting into the college coaching game, Knight spent time in the scouting department for the Phoenix Suns.

Knight roomed with Pacers' scouting director Ryan Carr at IU and Buckner (Candace, not Quinn, whose son also works on Carr's scouting staff) captures how Knight's hiring happened following a Carr's check-in call to Knight after he was fired at Lamar.

"And then honest to God, he called me like five minutes later," Knight recalled. (Carr said) 'You're not going to believe this. Larry just texted me and said he wanted to hire you.'"

When told about the Pacers' West Coast plans and the prospect of moving his family, Knight still jumped at the opportunity.

"No problem. I would have done anything. If Larry had a job on his farm, I would've done it," Knight joked. "I mean, it's Larry Bird!"

The long weekend was slow on NBA free agent signings but not news as about every scenario involving LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade has been explored with rumors of potential player movement. Those big names appear to be keeping other trades and signings on hold until their landing spot is determined.

Also, in case you missed it all of the Internets on Sunday, here's Paul George's signature slam from the L.A. Drew League over the weekend.

Check out the links:

Pacers hire former Lamar coach Pat Knight as a scout - Indy Star

How LeBron James' agent has given Cavaliers hope of King's homecoming - Yahoo Sports

Lance Stephenson, unhappy with Indiana Pacers, explores free-agent market - ESPN

Cleveland Cavaliers believe LeBron James is receptive to their free-agency pitch, according to sources - ESPN

HoopsHype - The curious case of Lance Stephenson

Chris Bosh is NBA free agency's quiet game-changer -

Sources: Lakers move into contention to sign Carmelo Anthony - Yahoo Sports

LeBron James, agent to meet with Heat's Pat Riley soon - USA Today

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