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Pacers exploring trade and free agency

Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 2:54 pm
 
By Matt Moore 

The Indiana Pacers are coming off of fascinating season. They started off hot as fire, then cratered a bit. Jim O'Brien was fired, and then interim coach Frank Vogel took them to the playoffs, where they had as competitive a five-game series against the Bulls as a five-game series can be. So they're looking to upgrade the team and make a run, right now. They brought in George Hill through trade, and now are looking for more additions. 

The Indianapolis Star mentons a pretty intriguing option through trade: Paul Millsap
The Pacers talked to the Utah Jazz about forward Paul Milsap prior to the draft. Expect them to make a phone call to the Jazz again. The 26-year-old Milsap, a Pacer killer in the past, averaged a career-high 17 points last season.
via Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

Millsap would make for the power forward the Pacers are looking for in free agency through David West or Nene. If they were to trade Roy Hibbert as part of the package, thiy could sign Nene, then add Millsap making one of the better front courts in the Eastern Conference, along with Danny Granger. The Pacers are clearly looking to enter the conference race right now, instead of waiting to see their young pieces develop. 

The question is, what's the objective? Can the Pacers win a title with Danny Granger as their best player? They've put together an interesting, fast, young team that can defend at one end, hit from the perimeter, and get out in transition. But do they have a team that could get hot and go on an unpredictable run to the title? OK, it wouldn't be unpredictable if we could answer that. But the point is that the Pacers are loading up for what is likely a team whose ceiling is the second round. 

Have to try something, I guess. The Pacers surprised people last season. If they spend wisely, and that's a big if, they could do the same this year with heightened expectations.
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heespook
Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:33 am
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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Pacers exploring trade and free agency

The pacers have the young talent to stay in the thick of it and be a playoff team again but lets not get ahead of ourselves they are not ready to challenge the elite yet until they get that one ture super star. Granger is nice but not a killer. I can see the pacers possibly making it to the 2nd rd of the playofs this season if they make a few moves and getting Millsap and Nene would make them pretty solid.



Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Pacers exploring trade and free agency

The Pacers want to add a 4 to go along with Hibbert, to get some pressure off him and give him more ways to success, and NOT to replace Hibbert.

Not sure how a deal would work, because I don't think theres anything on this team that you'd want besides peices you ain't going to get, but any trade would start with 1st round 2012 pick and Brandon Rush is my guess.



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Pacers exploring trade and free agency

I'd give up Rush and Hibbert for Millsap without hesitation.



Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Pacers exploring trade and free agency

Hmmmm......as a Jazz fan I really don't want to trade Paul Millsap. Getting Roy Hibbert, a legit center might make me take the trade if it were offered if I was Jazz management. Having Hibbert at center and Al Jefferson at his more comfortable Power Forward would be awesome. Then we also got Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors so we are stacked at Big men. I would However try and look for a shooting guard or a wing typr player in a package to get Millsap.


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