What moves are next for the Indiana Pacers?

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The dust is finally beginning to settle in what has been an incredible busy off-season so far for new president Kevin Pritchard.  (If you missed it, heres a rundown of the off-season transactions and report card )

What could be in store next for the Indiana Pacers ? Let’s take a look at current cap numbers and the roster in how it is constructed already and see whats left to do before training camp.

As it currently stands, the Indiana Pacers currently have just over $4 million dollars to spend in order to hit the salary cap mix, so they are very limited in who they can still bring in.  They also already have a full training camp roster, so it would have to be a player they can bring in and feel comfortable in releasing another. I wouldn’t look for any more splashes in terms of signing another free agent, as the owner has already said in the past that he will not go over the salary cap.

Potential trades:

In the NBA , trades are always on the table, especially if you are in a rebuilding team.  The Indiana Pacers are no exception to that and they do still have a couple pieces they could certainly move.  The main piece in a  potential/future trade would be Thad Young.  Young is a talented starting power forward, who has a fairly cheap contract still.  He would be a valuable piece to a team looking to contend for the upcoming season as he would be a cheap and could provide offense and versatile defense off the bench or in the starting lineup.  It makes sense for the team to move Young if they feel rookie stretch 4, T.J. Leaf will be ready for big time minutes soon.

Another piece that could be moved if they can find a suitor would be Al Jefferson.  Jefferson is essentially useless here in Indiana, he doesn’t have minutes coming his way, and he’s older.  He as well could be a target for a contending team to get something out of for a bench role.  In spurts, Jefferson can still provide some good post offense, yet he struggles against teams that play with a lot of pace.

The only untouchable players that I see the Pacers having are Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, and T.J. Leaf.  These players are the nucleus that they would like to build around.  It’s a solid young core and the Pacers have done a fantastic job of adding role players and other pieces to fill out the roster.

The biggest factor as to what the Pacers will do will largely have to do with how the team starts out in the new season.  If they start out fast, and show their potential, they may even look to add a piece or two to compete this season while keeping the young core in tact.  If they struggle out of the gates, look for them to sell off players and expiring contracts for draft picks.

As for free agency, the Pacers are essentially finished.  I do not foresee any major trades until we see how well the team meshes and grows in the early part of the season.  Look for the early part of the season to be an experiment to see how well the young core fits, and how well they compete.  Then all things are on the table for either acquiring draft picks, or competing by adding some players to help now.

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