Posted on: April 21, 2009 12:47 pm

5 Must-Do's for the Pacers

 1<sup>st</sup> -Re-Sign Jarrett Jack. There is no exception to it. The Pacers have no excuse in not signing him. He was the only Pacers player to play in all 82 games. And for a franchise that has had a history of injured players, it is a luxury to have someone as durable and effective as Jack. He averaged 13.1 PPG and 4 APG, but those numbers would be higher had he been starter the entire year. In a recent interview Jack announced his desire to stay in Indiana, and applauded Bird for putting together a locker room full of great guys that have fun together.

2<sup>nd</sup>- Get a Defensive PF. A Jermaine O’Neal of 2004 or 2005 would be ideal. They need to get a defensive minded Power Forward. Roy Hibbert and Troy Murphy may be the worst 4-5 defensive combo in the NBA, no exaggerating. Playing Murphy and Hibbert together should not be done too much. But they do bring a unique offensive combo, especially as Hibbert continue to develop his post game. Either through the NBA Draft, Free Agency, or Trade this needs to be a top goal. My preference would be trade. I want Tyson Chandler on this team, and he is definitely available.

3<sup>rd</sup>- Get rid of some overpriced contracts. I know that is easier said than done, especially in this economy, but it is a must. They have too many bad contracts i.e. Jamaal Tinsley, Mike Dunleavy Jr., and Troy Murphy. It will be even harder since Dunleavy is out until January and did not play much last season, making his stock at an all-time low. If a good PF is brought it and Brandon Rush continues to develop his outside shot, suddenly Murphy could become expendable.

4<sup>th</sup>- Trade Jamaal Tinsley. How this man is still on the roster is both extremely baffling and frustrating for Pacers fans. Larry Bird had a deal at the deadline, but couldn’t get it together with the Orlando Magic who went with Rafer Alston. Dead wood is what we like to call him. At nearly $7.00 Million last year, he contributed exactly 0 minutes. Maybe a little less. It is a waste of CAP and money for an organization that is struggling to make ends meet.

I have come up with some possible trades:

Jamaal Tinsley to the Miami Heat in exchange for U. Haslem.

Houston could also be interested in Tinsley. They need a scoring minded PG.

Tinsley to the Knicks for Jeffries

5<sup>th</sup>-  Continue to develop young talents. There is talent on the roster no doubt. Danny Granger has emerged as a go-to guy with a killer shot. He is lacking the killer instinct though. Brandon Rush has shown flashes of being a scorer and a defensive nightmare. He must continue to progress and emerge as a guy they can count on to score on a daily basis. Hibbert needs to continue to develop his footwork. You can see the huge difference from the beginning of the season to the end on how much it improved. But there is still a lot of work to do. Adding a free agent assistant coach like Patrick Ewing would do wonders for Roy. He also needs to be a better post defender. Learn how not to pick up a foul every 3 or 4 minutes.

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