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Indiana Pacers centers Isaiah Jackson and James Wiseman sit between two Pacers assistant coaches at a summer league game on July 12, 2024. (Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony East)

Indiana Pacers center James Wiseman says opportunity to develop was key in his free agency decision

James Wiseman signed with the Indiana Pacers this offseason, and he shared with Pacers on SI that the decision was largely about the opportunity to develop.

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Indiana Pacers centers Isaiah Jackson and James Wiseman sit between two Pacers assistant coaches at a summer league game on July 12, 2024. (Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony East)
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Indiana Pacers center James Wiseman says opportunity to develop was key in his free agency decision

James Wiseman signed with the Indiana Pacers this offseason, and he shared with Pacers on SI that the decision was largely about the opportunity to develop.

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Indiana Pacers forward Enrique Freeman speaks to the media on July 6, 2024. (Mandatory Photo Credit: Pacers on SI)
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A unique basketball journey led Enrique Freeman to the Indiana Pacers. His mom made it all possible.

The Indiana Pacers selected Enrique Freeman with the 50th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Freeman's mom played a major role in making that possible.

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Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) dunks the ball in the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Indiana Pacers gave Pascal Siakam no reasons to leave, and now he has a new home

The Indiana Pacers re-signed Pascal Siakam and gave him a new home. It was a success for the Pacers, Siakam, and everyone involved.

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December 9, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Obi Toppin (1) dunks the basketball during the first quarter of the in-season tournament championship against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers officially sign Obi Toppin to new contract, happy with his stylistic fit

The Indiana Pacers officially signed forward Obi Toppin to a new contract on Saturday. The deal contains incentives, and the Pacers love Toppin's fit.

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Jan 12, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (left) and Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (right) tip off in the first half at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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James Wiseman officially signs contract with Indiana Pacers, isn't fully guaranteed

The Indiana Pacers officially signed center James Wiseman to a contract on Friday, and it's a two year deal that isn't fully guaranteed.

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Mar 22, 2024; Memphis, TN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Keisei Tominaga (30) shoots for three during the second half against the Texas A&M Aggies in the NCAA Tournament First Round at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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Keisei Tominaga agrees to Exhibit 10 contract with Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to terms on an Exhibit 10 contract with Nebraska Cornhuskers wing/guard Keisei Tominaga

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Nov 10, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Johnny Furphy (10) and head coach Bill Self react during the second half against the Manhattan Jaspers at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self thinks Indiana Pacers will do a great job developing Johnny Furphy

Johnny Furphy fell to the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 2024 NBA Draft, and Furphy's college head coach thinks the Pacers will develop him well.

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Indiana Pacers 2024 summer league head coach Jannero Pargo speaks with the media. (Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony East)
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Indiana Pacers 2024 summer league roster, including Johnny Furphy and Jarace Walker, announced

The Indiana Pacers announced their 2024 summer league roster, which includes some of the franchise's key young players, earlier this week.

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Dec 26, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Jarace Walker (5) during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
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Report: Indiana Pacers rebuffing trade inquiries for young players Jarace Walker and Bennedict Mathurin

According to a report in HoopsHype, the Indiana Pacers are making Jarace Walker and Bennedict Mathurin unavailable in trade talks.

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Apr 7, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) shoots the ball while  Detroit Pistons center James Wiseman (13) defends in the first quarter at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Sources: Indiana Pacers and James Wiseman agree to terms on contract

The Indiana Pacers and young center James Wiseman have agreed to terms on a contract, per a league source.

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Mar 27, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) shoots over Chicago Bulls forward Torrey Craig (13) during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Indiana Pacers center Jalen Smith to sign with Chicago Bulls, per report

Jalen Smith, who was with the Indiana Pacers for the last 2.5 seasons, is signing a free agent contract with the Chicago Bulls, per an ESPN report.

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Purdue Boilermakers guard Lance Jones after his pre-draft workout with the Indiana Pacers on June 4, 2024. (Mandatory photo credit: Pacers on SI)
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Purdue guard Lance Jones to join Indiana Pacers for summer league, per school

Purdue Boilermakers guard Lance Jones will join the Indiana Pacers for summer league play, the school shared on social media.

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Jan 14, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) defends on Indiana Pacers forward Isaiah Jackson (22) in the second half at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers a team to keep an eye on for Kantavious Caldwell-Pope in free agency, per report

The Indiana Pacers are reportedly a team to monitor in free agency when it comes to former Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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Dec 2, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA;  Indiana Pacers forward Obi Toppin (1) tips a shot by Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith (24) during the first half at Kaseya Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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Report: Indiana Pacers 'expected' to show free agency interest in Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith

According to a report in HoopsHype, the Indiana Pacers are 'expected' to show free agent interest in Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith

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Mar 18, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Obi Toppin (1) celebrates a made basket  in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Source: Indiana Pacers and Obi Toppin agree to terms on four-year contract in free agency

The Indiana Pacers and young forward Obi Toppin came to an agreement on a new deal in free agency. Here are the details.

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May 14, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Quenton Jackson (29) warms up before game five of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Source: Oscar Tshiebwe and Quenton Jackson get qualifying offers from Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers two-way contract players Quenton Jackson and Oscar Tshiebwe have received a qualifying offer ahead of 2024 free agency,

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Mar 3, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) dribbles against San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1) in the first half at Frost Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers center Jalen Smith opting out of player option, will become unrestricted free agent

Indiana Pacers center reserve center Jalen Smith is opting out of his player option for the 2024-25 season and will become a free agent.

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Apr 5, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Gordon Hayward (33) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith (23) defends in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Locked On Pacers breaks down possible Indiana Pacers free agency targets at every position

The Indiana Pacers will start free agency over this weekend. They could target any number of players at various positions.

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Apr 14, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9)  in the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell has contract become fully guaranteed for 2024-25 season

Indiana Pacers veteran guard T.J. McConnell was not waived prior to the end of June 28, so his contract is fully guaranteed for the 2024-25 season.

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Tennessee guard Josiah-Jordan James (30) during open practice before the Midwest Regional Sweet 16 round at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Thursday, March 28, 2024.
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Josiah-Jordan James says he's joining Indiana Pacers on Exhibit 10 contract

Tennessee Volunteers forward Josiah-Jordan James told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he's signing a camp deal with the Indiana Pacers.

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Mar 23, 2024; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Johnny Furphy (10) reacts after a basket during the first half in the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Vivint Smart Home Arena-Delta Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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Why the Indiana Pacers traded up for Kansas forward Johnny Furphy in 2024 NBA Draft

The Indiana Pacers traded up from the 36th pick to select Kansas Jayhawks wing Johnny Furphy in the 2024 NBA Draft. Here's why the team got the Australian.

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Mar 28, 2024; Boston, MA, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Tristen Newton (2) reacts against the San Diego State Aztecs in the semifinals of the East Regional of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers GM Chad Buchanan explains Pacers 2024 NBA Draft choices and thinking

Indiana Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan explained the team's thinking and decisions in the 2024 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

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Mar 21, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Akron Zips forward Enrique Freeman (25) reacts after a play during the first half of the game against the Creighton Bluejays in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers take Akron forward Enrique Freeman with 50th overall pick in 2024 NBA Draft

The Indiana Pacers selected forward Enrique Freeman with the 50th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

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Connecticut guard Tristen Newton speaks to the media after a pre-draft workout with the Indiana Pacers on June 18, 2024. (Mandatory Photo Credit: Pacers On SI)
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Indiana Pacers select Tristen Newton with 49th pick in 2024 NBA Draft

The Indiana Pacers selected point guard Tristen Newton with the 49th pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Newton won two national championships at UConn.

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Mar 2, 2024; Waco, Texas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Johnny Furphy (10) drives to the basket as Baylor Bears guard Jayden Nunn (2) defends during the first half at Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers take Johnny Furphy at pick 35 after a draft night trade with San Antonio Spurs

The Indiana Pacers traded up from the 36th overall selection to 35 in the 2024 NBA Draft. They selected Kansas wing Johnny Furphy with the pick.

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