By Daron Grandberry on July 7, 2014
After another loss to the Miami Heat in the conference finals, the Indiana Pacers must make a few changes to contend for an NBA title. It is no secret that the Pacers are in need of a starting point guard and another scorer to help take the load off of All-Star Paul George. Larry Bird and the front office has their work cut out for them this summer if the Pacers are to move forward and get back to the NBA Finals.
It is no secret that the Indiana Pacers are in need of a starting point guard. Hometown favorite George Hill is a serviceable point guard, but struggled in clutch situations. The Pacers have been rumored to be interested in Goran Dragic from Phoenix, and could definitely use his scoring and distribution.
Many times last season, the Indiana Pacers just lacked that physical rebounder in the post. David West can only do so much, and needs a complimentary post player who can do the dirty work for the Pacers under the basket. Free agents Jordan Hill, Chris Andersen and Channing Frye are all serviceable posts who can rebound and do the dirty work down low for the Pacers.
At times last season, Paul George was often overwhelmed because the Pacers lacked another scoring option on the perimeter. The Pacers are in need of another scorer who can create for himself, and should look for such a player in free agency via trade. Chandler Parsons and Luol Deng are both options, but may be a little expensive for Indiana. Kent Bazemore and Jimmer Fredette could be less expensive possibilities.
The only thing preventing Lance Stephenson from playing in Indiana next season is money. After having the best season of his career, Stephenson is due for a pay raise. Rumors have surfaced that talks between the Pacers and Stephenson have been halted due to money. If the Pacers let Stephenson walk, they will have a lot more work to do this summer.
Most of these free agent acquisitions won't be possible unless the Pacers can find a destination for former All-Star center Roy Hibbert. The Pacers have to be kicking themselves for matching Portland's ridiculous contract offer to Hibbert, who is set to make almost $15 million this season. Finding a suitor for a starting center who averages less than 7.0 RPG in his career may be a hard task for Larry Bird and company.
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