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Pacers make deals for Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young official

Now that the Pacers can make their reported deals official, the team released comments from Larry Bird commented on roster changes.

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The Pacers officially announced the acquisitions of Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young on Thursday, the first day reported deals can be consummated and commented on by NBA teams.

Larry Bird paid tribute to George Hill, a valuable part of the Pacers' recent teams who was dealt to Utah to bring in Teague,  and then briefly described what he like about the new talent.

"We want to thank George for his five seasons with us," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "He's a great guy who did a lot for the community. We wish him nothing but the best. With Jeff, we think he brings something we haven't had in a true point guard. We think he fits in with what we're trying to do. He has speed, the ability to create for others and he can score. We look forward to working with him.

"Thaddeus is a long, athletic power forward who can defend multiple positions. He was a 15-point scorer last year and averaged nine rebounds a game. We think he's a good fit between Myles (Turner) and Paul (George)."

Both will likely have a more public announcement soon. Thaddeus Young made his way to Indy from Memphis last night which his wife Shekinah documented on her Twitter feed. Big props to Pacers Twitter for giving Team Young a warm welcome to Indy!