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Pacers Links: Pacers shift into free agency and Summer League mode

The Pacers continue adjusting their roster this week after adding two players in the draft last week.

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After an active NBA Draft, the Pacers quickly move into free agency mode which officially tips off at 6 p.m. ET on Monday night. After adding Chris Duarte and Isaiah Jackson in the draft, the rest of the roster will be tweaked at a minimum starting this week as the team also prepares for Summer League in Vegas next week.

Plenty of free agent reports are already leaking and it appears among the Pacers bench free agents, T.J. McConnell is more likely to return while Doug McDermott is more likely to find greener pastures, not to mention stacks, elsewhere.

Among the links today are reports of trade rumors. Leading up to the draft, Myles Turner’s name was tied to several deals and now J. Michael reports the Knicks are still pursuing Turner after the draft. Considering all of the interest, it seems like the Pacers are in no hurry to bust up their front court. Also noted in the report, the Pacers would like to move Jeremy Lamb to better utilize his $10-plus million considering the current wing rotation options.

Additional reports have the Pacers interested in veteran free agents, Nicolas Batum and Lou Williams. Can they land the desired short-term help without overpaying in the long term?

A link also worth highlighting was Caris LeVert on J.J. Redick’s podcast which was entertaining on a few levels. Levert went into the excruciating process he had to go through to recover and then play following his cancer surgery last season. What a beast! He also shed some light on how dysfunctional the Pacers’ situation was last season behind closed doors.

Another interesting bit of info came from Redick regarding Rick Carlisle taking over the coaching reins for the Pacers. Redick ended the season with Dallas last year and had this to say about watching Carlisle work.

“I was so impressed with him as a coach and, specifically in the playoffs, as a tactician. I think your game and your skill set fit him so well because what Rick does as well as anybody is he finds matchups and he exploits those matchups and that suits your game so well. So I’m really excited to see him bring out the best in you.”

The Pacers will have their rookie/free agent camp this week to prepare for Summer League. Since the draft night trade for Isaiah Jackson is not official until Aug. 6, Jackson’s name is missing from the camp roster but he should be able to catch up in Vegas.

Here is the Summer Pacers schedule:

Aug. 8, Sunday, vs. Washington, 8 p.m., NBA TV

Aug. 10, Tuesday, vs. Atlanta, 6 p.m., NBA TV

Aug. 12, Thursday, vs. Portland, 6 p.m., NBA TV

Aug. 14, Saturday, vs. Oklahoma City, 6 p.m., ESPN2

Aug. 16, Monday-Aug. 17, Tuesday, tournament rounds, TBD

As the free agency rumors turn to news after 6 p.m. tonight, share your thoughts in the comments.

Check out the links:

Different Paths Lead Duarte, Jackson to Indiana | Indiana Pacers

Pacers introduce Chris Duarte, Isaiah Jackson | Indiana Pacers

NBA free agency: Pacers have few options, want to keep T.J. McConnell - Indy Star

Pacers Draft Pick Chris Duarte Joins JMV (53:00 mark) - The Ride with JMV

The Old Man and the Three: Caris Levert

Report: Batum drawing interest from Heat, Warriors, and Pacers |

NBA rumors: Lou Williams has interest from Pacers, Bucks, Hawks

What Tools Do The Indiana Pacers Have To Improve In Free Agency?

2021 NBA free agency tracker and rankings: John Hollinger’s Top 20 and best available by BORD$ projections – The Athletic

Summer Pacers coaching staff set for Las Vegas - by Scott Agness - Fieldhouse Files with Scott Agness

Knicks Reportedly Interested In Carmelo Anthony So Let's Look Back At The Time Pacers' Roy Hibbert Infamously Stuffed Him At The Rim - Sports Illustrated Indiana Pacers news, analysis and more

What if the Indiana Pacers do not make any major moves?

Oregon’s Chris Duarte selected by Indiana Pacers in 1st round of NBA draft, first lottery pick of Dana Altman era at UO -

Kentucky’s Isaiah Jackson drafted 22nd by Washington Wizards, traded to Indiana Pacers | NKyTribune

Pacers Announce 2021 Rookie/Free Agent Camp Roster | Indiana Pacers

Pacers Exercise Team Option on Edmond Sumner | Indiana Pacers