Free agency is winding down, so let’s look ahead at the Indiana Pacers outlook for next season.
- PF TJ Leaf (via draft)
- C Ike Anigbogou (via draft)
- PG Edmond Sumner (via draft
- SG Victor Oladipo (via trade)
- F/C Domantas Sabonis (via trade)
- PG Darren Collison (via free agency)
- SF/SG Bojan Bogdanovich (via free agency)
- PG Cory Joseph (via trade)
- SF Paul George (via trade)
- PG Jeff Teague (via free agency)
- SG Monta Ellis (waived)
- PG Aaron Brooks (expired)
- F CJ Miles (via trade)
- F Lavoy Allen (expired)
Obviously the big takeaway here is that the Pacers lost Paul George. They got at least one mid-level starter out of it, but it is definitely a rebuilding year. The Pacers have a little bit of a log jam in the front court as they have loaded up on bigs. Expect Anigbogou, and Sumner to spend the season in the D-League, and possibly TJ Leaf as well, if Thad Young remains on the team throughout the season. The addition of Collison was just to get a serviceable point guard and to add veteran leadership. This signing will probably keep Lance coming off the bench next season. Getting Cory Joseph for CJ Miles was a nice pickup as CJ was bound to leave anyway. This shows that the Pacers don’t believe much in Joseph Young yet. Bogdanovich is probably better than Glenn Robinson III, but he is better suited to play the role of a bench scorer, as he averaged 14 points per game off the bench last season. Overall, the Pacers got considerably worse.
Predicted Lineup (bench player)
- PG Darren Collison (Cory Joseph)
- SG Victor Oladipo (Lance Stephenson)
- SF Glenn Robinson III (Bogdanovich)
- PF Thad Young (Domantas Sabonis)
- C Myles Turner (Al Jefferson)
This Lineup doesn’t look awful on paper until you really dig into it. Collison is a high end backup at point guard at best. Cory Joseph is a solid backup. Oladipo will be a good defender and a decent second scoring option behind Myles, and Lance will provide a huge spark off the bench. GR3 started a lot of games last year when PG was hurt and did a decent job, he’ll provide decent defense and spot-up shooting. Bogdanovich is a good shooter and playmaker off the bench. Thad Young is an aging but still productive player. I don’t see Thad being on the roster by the time the first game comes around but if he is, he will start and be a low double-digit scoring guy. Sabonis off the bench will be a nice spot-up player. Myles is the guy now that PG is gone and he’s going to need to rebound better, but he will protect the rim and lead the team in scoring. Al Jefferson is aging but can still contribute a little off the bench. He’s a skilled post scorer. All in all, the East is weaker than ever, but a team with no star power will have a hard time competing in a star-driven league. Look for the Pacers to be in the lottery next year.