INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Sunday, the Pacers welcomed two new pieces they hope will keep them ahead of Miami.
Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen spent their first hours as Pacers in class on the court. Head coach Frank Vogel gave his newcomers a crash course in the team’s base offense.
Turner and Allen came over in Thursday’s trade that sent longtime Pacer Danny Granger and a draft pick to the 76ers.
Vogel says they’ll be ready to play Tuesday when the Pacers host the Lakers. Both newcomers told 24-Hour News 8 they’re thrilled for the new lease on life with an impressive group.
“They’re great guys, obviously talented,” Turner said. “Watching the second unit scrimmage today, you can just tell how much talent the second unit has. There’s a lot of competition here and just a positive group.”
“You know these guys have been together for a while, so they all know each other,” Allen added. “You’ve just got to get in there and try and fit in.”
Pacers president Larry Bird watched practice closely. He said the trade was very tough to make, knowing how much Granger meant to the team and the city.
Turner brings a different game to the Pacers, more of a creator than a spot up shooter like Granger. He said he only made the deal to improve the Blue and Gold.
“I was told by the owner to put the best possible team on the court with Kevin, Peter and Donnie,” Bird said. “That’s what we’re going to try and do. Get the most talent we can in here. See if they can mesh and play well in here and do the things necessary to win basketball games.”