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5 Reasons Why Indiana Pacers Should Blow Up The Team

5 Reasons Why Indiana Pacers Should Blow Up The Team

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Over the past two years, it was a given that the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers would meet each other in the Eastern Conference Finals. And even after LeBron James bolted for Cleveland there was still a chance that they would be penciled in until Paul George went down with a broken leg.

With injuries added to the equation, there is no choice but to focus on the five reasons why Indiana should blow the team up.

5. Lance Stephenson's Exit

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5. Lance Stephenson's Exit

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Yes Lance Stephenson was a little nuts, but he was the only player -- besides David West -- to show up every night and give his all.

With him headed to Charlotte, the Pacers will be hard pressed to find anyone who can duplicate his league leading triple-double ability.

4. Scoring Woes

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4. Scoring Woes

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Why should the Indiana Pacers rebuild? Because even with Paul George and Lance Stephenson around, the team still struggled to barely make it out of being a bottom five scoring team at 97 points per game.

3. Roy Hibbert's Contract

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3. Roy Hibbert's Contract

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Roy Hibbert holds a player option to opt out of his contract following this year, and it's very likely that after a rocky second half of the 2013-14 season and summer trade rumors, the 7-foot-2 big man will decide to take his talent elsewhere. So why not move him early?

2. Central Division On Steroids

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2. Central Division On Steroids

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Between the reemergence of Derrick Rose's explosiveness, LeBron James' relocation and Kevin Love's pending trade to Cleveland, the Central Division was already poised to be tough. But when you add in the losses of George and Stephenson, the Pacers are bound to be on the outside looking in.

1. Paul George's Timeout

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1. Paul George's Timeout

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An open tibia-fibula fracture may have taken Paul George out for the 2014-15 season, but chances are that the budding superstar will take more than a year to fully recover and get back to his two-way player status.

That time to heal could be a great reason to start the rebuild.