It hasn’t exactly been the perfect offseason for the Indiana Pacers.
After seemingly regressing down the stretch and in the postseason, the Pacers had a decision to make on free agent guard Lance Stephenson. The Pacers reportedly offered him a five-year deal worth $44 million but Stephenson declined the offer. He wound up inking a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Although the Pacers replaced him with veteran guard Rodney Stuckey, they were dealt a devastating blow on Friday when forward Paul George suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture during Team USA’s scrimmage in Las Vegas.
The Pacers will certainly have a different feel to them when they open the 2014-2015 season. On Tuesday, the Pacers officially released their seven game preseason schedule, which will begin on October 7 when the Pacers host the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will likely be missing star power forward Kevin Love and will instead will probably feature the number one overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins.
October 7 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Bankers Life Fieldhouse 7:00 p.m.
October 10 vs. Orlando Magic Bankers Life Fieldhouse 7:00 p.m.
October 12 at Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center 7:30 p.m.
October 15 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Cintas Center, Cincinnati 7:00 p.m.
October 18 vs. Dallas Maverick Bankers Life Fieldhouse 7:00 p.m.
October 21 at Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center 8:00 p.m.
October 23 at Charlotte Hornets Time Warner Arena 7:00 p.m.
Interestingly enough, the Pacers will not only get a look at the the Cleveland Cavaliers, who may be the favorite in the Eastern Conference after signing Miami Heat free agent forward LeBron James to a two-year deal, but they will also travel to Charlotte to take on Stephenson’s Hornets in their final preseason game.