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Pacers Face Decisions As Summer Play Begins

Last updated on Monday, July 9, 2012

(Indianapolis, IN) - The Indiana Pacers have wrapped up their four-day rookie / free agent camp and are in Orlando today to begin summer pro league play.

The team's two draft picks - Miles Plumlee from Duke and UC Santa Barbara's Orlando Johnson, will participate as will current Pacer veterans Lance Stephenson and Jeff Pendergraph.

The Pacers open summer league play late this afternoon when they face the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers. The Orlando Summer Pro League lasts through Friday. Indiana's schedule includes games with Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Boston on Wednesday, Utah on Thursday and Brooklyn on Friday.

The NBA's free agent moratorium ends on Wednesday as the Pacers figure out what they are going to do regarding restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert reportedly has agreed to a four-year, 58-million dollar offer from the Portland Trail Blazers. Once Hibbert signs the offer sheet, the Pacers will have three days to match it or lose their all-star center to Portland.

Indiana has been talking with unrestricted free agent center Chris Kaman as an alternative should they allow Hibbert to leave. Indiana's other restricted free agent, guard George Hill, reportedly will re-sign with the Pacers on Wednesday.

Other rumors have the Pacers going after free agent shooting guards OJ Mayo and Courtney Lee. The Pacers have tried to acquire Mayo through trades with Memphis for the better part of the last two years. The Boston Celtics reportedly are going hard after Lee, an Indianapolis native who has spent the last two seasons with the Houston Rockets.

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