Are the Pacers in the Worst Position of any NBA Team?

Here’s my argument: Yes, they have Victor Oladipo which a lot of teams would love to have. They also have a Center under the name Myles Turner who has been terrible this season and is under contract this year and 4 more. Mediocre isn’t fun, and the Pacers are stuck at mediocre, and they dug themselves into a bigger hole with the Turner extension. I understood why they wanted to lock down Turner for 4 more years. What I didn’t understand is how no one who watches these guys practice noticed that Sabonis is twice the player that Turner is. I like Myles Turner, this isn’t his fault. He got his payday, and he ran with it. The Pacers should have evaluated this situation a lot better than they did. I’m not even saying that Turner isn’t worth resigning, but it would have been better to see if the guy that you’re giving an extension too has improved any before you start throwing 70Mil around. Yes, I understand extensions have to be done before the season begins. It would have been better to try and outbid for Turner, in the offseason, rather than give him a payday when he hasn’t proven anything. Now, why this puts the Pacers in such a bad position? You can’t pay your starting Center and your backup Center they same amount of money and plan to compete at a high level. If the Pacers don’t resign Sabonis, they’re idiots to start with. Now you have a locked down future of a Shooting Guard and two Centers who can’t all three exist on the court together. The biggest problem with this is that the Pacers will never suck, so the draft is basically worthless unless a miracle happens. At worst the Pacers are drafting 12-14, which most of the time isn’t going to be a guy that changes the culture of the team or anything. I’m arguably a genius, and I don’t even know how the Pacers can dig themselves out of this hole. I guess we can try to spin mediocre into fun.

Just so everyone knows, I was on the right side of history before this season even tipped off.

 

 

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Pacers Potential Offseason Free Agency Moves

Will the Indiana Pacers win the 2018-19 championship? Not a fucking chance. Can they compete at the highest level? Absolutely. The Indiana Pacers have no chance of signing an already developed superstar. (in all honesty, I thought if we made a push for Paul George then we could maybe swing him but no one would get on my #BringBackPG13 train.) The Pacers can win 55 games, and we still know that it would take a miracle to beat Boston. What does Indiana have on their side? A TON of cap space. There are a lot of moves this offseason that the Pacers should take a chance at, let’s dig into them.

Free Agents for the Pacers :

Julius Randle PF – 16.1ppg 8.0rpg 2.6apg

I love this fit for the Pacers. I feel like Julius Randle fits what the Pacers are looking for in a PF. Julius not being able to shoot isn’t an issue to me even the slightest. If they do take the route of signing Julius Randle, then they have to make sure they either draft/sign more shooters for this roster. Bojan and Oladipo can’t be the only capable shooters off of a Randle drive. Most Pacers fans may disagree, but I don’t believe in the starting two center theory with Sabonis and Turner. If the Pacers have the chance to pull the trigger on Randle at a reasonable price, (which I know is going to be high), then I think they should do it. He’s the perfect replacement for Thad Young.

Jabari Parker PF/SF – 12.6ppg 4.9rpg 1.9apg 

People aren’t talking about this one because it’s a little crazy, but hear me out. I still believe if Jabari can stay on the court, then he is a tremendous talent, that’s a big what if. Jabari didn’t fit into what the Bucks were doing anymore when he came back last season. Jabari would provide the Pacers with a better shooting PF if that’s the route they’re going to take, with even some lineups he can play SF. The only reason I would want the Pacers to take a chance here is if 1) he can pass a physical 2) they get him for dirt cheap on a two year deal with a team option for the 2nd year. Jabari has something left in the tank; he has to stay on the court to prove it.

Will Barton SG/SF – 15.7ppg 5.0rpg 4.1apg 

Pacers need to talk first and pull the trigger on Will Barton before someone else can. The Pacers are missing a Will Barton style player and whose better at being the “Will Barton” style player other than Will Barton? I believe this signing helps Bojan tremendously. I know it doesn’t make sense for a team to sign a player to play some of your minutes, and it benefits you, but in this case, I think it does. Bojan is a good role player for the Pacers, what the Pacers lacked was not having a role player that could make up for Bojan on bad shooting nights. A role player isn’t going to play 82 good games, that isn’t how they work, but if you have two similar role players, then you can hope in a majority of the 82 games one of them shoots half ass at least. Then when they’re on, on the same night, then the other team is in trouble from the start. GR3 didn’t provide this for the Pacers like they originally hoped. Just a personal preference, I think Bojan would be a tremendous 6th man.

JJ Redick SG – 17.1ppg 2.5rpg 3.0apg 

This would be a weird fit but I think I can talk myself into it. This whole signing only works if they sign a PF. No Circumstance does this work with Sabonis and Turner on the court at the same time. The starting lineup would have to be without a true point guard. Vic would have to step up his playmaking ability. Oladipo, Redick, Bojan, ________, Turner/Sabonis would have to be your lineup almost unless you could talk Redick into being a bench player, doubtful since he’s in his prime. The Pacers would have to fly around defensively and beat everyone with the shooting. I love Redick and would love to have him as a bench player doesn’t seem like something he would sign up for right now, but it could always be worth a call.

Marcus Smart SG/PG – 10.2ppg 3.5rpg 4.8apg 

This signing would allow the Pacers to be one of the best crunch time perimeter defending teams in the league. Being able to have a lineup with Smart, Lance, and Oladipo in the game to get a stop is something that I can get behind. Marcus Smart is a glue guy, Lance and Marcus together is literally super glue. The thought of those two on the court together at the same time already makes me feel horrible for the other team having to deal with them both, and those two would fall in love with each other’s shenanigans. Marcus Smart seems like a player the Pacers really should pursue because I think he fits what the Pacers are trying to do but I’m not too sure the Celtics are going to let him walk.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG/SF – 13.4ppg 5.2rpg 2.2apg 

KCP is the definition of 3-and-D guy. After getting paid the way he did last offseason, and there are a lot better free agents this offseason I see KCP taking a major pay cut. His style of play fits the Pacers, and I think he can start alongside Oladipo and provide defense and floor spacing. He isn’t anything special; he is literally a 3-and-D guy. KCP is a personal preference; you are either for it or against, there will not be much in-between when it comes to him.

Wayne Ellington SG – 11.2ppg 2.8rpg 1.0apg 

He fits with what the Pacers have, but you won’t be signing a starter. Wayne Ellington can be a very crucial part of your bench if the Pacers decide Bojan should start. Ellington is a good shooter and can provide shooting during slumps. He shoots well, and he shoots often. I can’t tell you I’m sold on his defensive ability, I think with this signing you need to know you’re signing a shooter.

Luc Mbah a Moute SF/PF – 7.5ppg 3.0rpg 0.9apg 1.2spg 

The Pacers need to be 100% sure when signing Mbah a Moute that they’re not overpaying. He isn’t worth much, but what he does provide is Oladipo a break on defense, and he will space the floor slightly. Not a horrible shooter but not someone who is going to kill you either. Mbah a Moute to me is a last resort type of player. You know exactly what you’re getting when you sign Mbah a Moute. If the Pacers end up having to sign Mbah a Moute instead of other guys, then we failed. If we sign him cheap with other guys then I find that a win.

Joe Harris SG/SF – 10.8ppg 3.3rpg 1.6apg 

Joe Harris can’t be your sought-after player, but he can be a beautiful piece in a pool of players. If the Pacers go expensive on someone, then I would enjoy seeing a Joe Harris signing also to close up free agency. The kid is an excellent shooter, he started to develop last year, and he’s a very under the radar guy. Joe Harris can provide some real shooting off the bench which is something the Pacers could use. I also really like the fit with Joe Harris, he fits the “overlooked players” shadow that the Pacers have going on.