These two above (Kevin Pritchard & Larry Bird) have a very busy offseason ahead. Hiring a head coach to fill the void of Frank Vogel and finding suitable and economically friendly players to join this team.
When you look at this team, there are several areas where they need improvement. Whether is finding a suitable Power Forward to finding a playmaking Point Guard. It very obvious the Pacers need to bolster the bench asap ! This Pacers bench finished 23rd in the league in average points per game with 33.4 (according to hoopstats.com). When you look at the Pacers roster and cap space, they will have 4 Free Agents to decide on (Jordan Hill, Solomon Hill “Pacers declined team option”, Ty Lawson, and Ian Mahinmi. I personally think if you can get Solo and Ian back on the cheap around $4 mill for Solo and $6 million for Ian, that will leave the Pacers with roughly $38 million in cap space to use this summer.
Do you look towards the draft for a Point Guard at #20 (Demetrius Jackson from Notre Dame, or Tyler Ullis from Kentucky) are two players who most likely be there for the Pacers to look at. Or do you go with a free agent hometown guy Mike Conley who will be a unrestricted free agent this summer ? I personally like the Conley pick and then look towards a PF or backup PG with the 20th pick in the draft. Yes Conley is a hometown boy like George Hill, but he is a better ball handler and shooter from the point guard position. Hill was put in the position and had to adapt his game to that role which was different when he was in San Antonio.
Oh and most importantly………who is going to lead this Pacers team this fall ?? With a slew of coaches as possible candidates….which will be the “perfect fit” for Indiana? I have to think that Larry Bird has had an idea of who he wants as coach for awhile now. He wouldn’t have just gotten rid of Frank Vogel if he didn’t have “his guy” in mind. The spotlight will be on Larry now because if this coach he brings in and this roster that Larry assembles falls flat in 2016-17, there will be no scapegoat for Larry hide behind. The ball is in your court Larry Legend……let’s see who you bring in. Thanks for reading and always like and comment !
Fun Fact : Ian Mahinmi is the only player on the Pacers roster who has won a NBA Championship. (2011 with the Dallas Mavericks)Follow Us Here: