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Pacers trade for Rakeem Christmas from Cavaliers


Rakeem Christmas was not going to be part of the Cavaliers roster — they are win-now, he is a guy in need of development.

Indiana has time to develop guys, so they have traded for him. The Pacers announced the move, saying they gave up the future second-round pick they acquired in the Roy Hibbert trade.

“We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts,” Pacers basketball operations guru Larry Bird said in a statement. “He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team.”

Christmas showed flashes of good defense and shot blocking, plus a little offense, at Summer League. However, he shot 33.3 percent and didn’t exactly blow any doors off. He’s a guy who spent four years at Syracuse and still needs to develop his game.

Christmas is 6’10” and incredibly long — a 7’5” wingspan. He was a shot blocker camped in the middle of the Syracuse zone in college, but he has the body to defend in the NBA post. He seemed to struggle against more athletic, smaller players.

For a Pacers team that just moved Hibbert from the middle of their defense, taking a flier on Christmas makes some sense. We’ll see if he can make the roster behind Jordan Hill, Myles Turner and Ian Mahinmi. That seems a long shot, but he’s got a better chance there than Cleveland.

Report: Bucks signing Chris Copeland to one-year contract

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Chris Copeland came a long way just to make the NBA.

He got stabbed late last season, but that scary incident won’t derail his pro career.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Given Copeland’s minimum salary is $981,348, it seems the Bucks had to dip into their $2,814,000 room exception.

That’s good value, and he makes an already deep team even deeper. Copeland is a stretch four who could see minutes behind Jabari Parker and John Henson depending what looks Jason Kidd wants to give.

Speaking of Kidd, he played with Copeland on the Knicks. This isn’t the first time Milwaukee has added an apparent Kidd favorite, but this signing makes more sense than others (looking at you, Kenyon Martin).

Copeland gives the Bucks 15 players with guaranteed contracts, meaning Jorge Gutierrez and his unguaranteed deal probably gets squeezed out – though Milwaukee could eat the salary of someone like Damien Inglis or Johnny O’Bryant.

Paul George throws down between-legs dunk (video)

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It looks like Paul George is back to his normal self #LightWork 🔥🔥🔥

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Paul George can still dunk.

He showed that months before completing his comeback and again in an NBA game. Undoubtedly, George has rehabilitated to the point he can still contribute for the Pacers.

But, even after his six-game return, a big question remains: Has his athleticism permanently diminished?

Here’s evidence the answer is no.