Pacers pick up options on young starters



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have picked up the 2012-13 team options on Darren Collison, Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George.

All three were starters by the end of last season.

The Pacers acquired Collison in a trade last offseason, and he quickly established himself. The second-year point guard started 79 games and averaged 13.2 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Hansbrough missed most of his rookie year, but he played a bigger role last season and moved into the starting lineup when Frank Vogel became interim coach. He averaged 11 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and was a key contributor during Indiana’s playoff push.

George, a rookie last season, also moved into the starting lineup under Vogel and started all five of Indiana’s playoff games.