The Pacers are obviously in position to be big players in the free agent and trade markets. If they want to be. The Chris Paul and Dwight Howard trade rumors are dominating the conversation right now, and that is both understandable and expected. Other folks are more concerned with the long-term future of Deron Williams or what seemingly inevitable move the Lakers will somehow pull out of their rear end to re-gain Western Conference supremacy and win another 14 titles over the next decade.
For all the excitement, none of that stuff is all that relevant to the Pacers immediate future. They won’t be getting CP3, Superman or D-Will, and it’s unlikely that Larry Bird trades the entire franchise to Los Angeles. (Let’s hope.)
When it comes to Indiana, there are about a dozen free agent names that may be meaningful.
So far, we know the following:
- Larry Bird is flying to Denver to talk with Nene today
- Bird has spoken to David West
- Indiana has contacted Atlanta about a sign-and-trade for Jamal Crawford
- Indiana is trying to get in touch with (or already has spoken with) former Purdue Boilermaker Carl Landry (someone Bird has, according to Mike Wells, “had his eye on for awhile.”)
- Indiana is interested in Shane Battier, who has the Pacers on his short list of possible destinations, according to NBA insider Sam Amick
- Andrei Kirilenko’s agent has said that Indiana is interested in him. (Although so is half the league. Says an agent.)
- Marc Gasol (who will re-sign with Memphis) Tyson Chandler (who is likely done in Dallas, perhaps for GSW, HOU or NJN), Thaddeus Young (who is high on the Nuggets, Sixers and other lists reportedly), Arron Afflalo (who everyone wants), Chuck Hayes (who wants to stay with Houston), Rodney Stuckey (who is restricted, likely to stay in Detroit) and perhaps Joel Przybilla (who might retire) all seem like guys the team should want to pursue at the right price.
Stay tuned for more.
But remember: most of what you will hear is nonsense.
Topics: 2011 Free Agency