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NBA Free Agency: Indiana Pacers Next Moves

Now that David West is locked up, the Indiana Pacers can focus their attention on the other needs of their team. A need to find that scoring threat off the bench. I still believe you let Danny Granger come off the bench, but it sounds like he wants to start, and well I think he’ll end up doing that. That puts Lance Stephenson back on the bench, which I am not sure how that will effect him. Hopefully, he’ll take it with a good mental edge, and provide that same energy to the bench as he did with the starters.

With West’s deal, and all the money tied up in other guys, the Pacers don’t have much more to work with. I think bringing in some veteran like Chauncey Billups could help the team. I don’t think he would be asking for too much, and I think he wants to play on a contending team at this point in his career. It gives the bench that veteran presence as well, which is something they would know. Last season, no guy really provided that type of floor leadership when going to the bench, so the Pacers would be well suited to look for that. I think Billups can provide that and some scoring punch when needed as well.

At the same time, the Pacers might have to find some big man as Tyler Hansbrough is on his way out. He originally received the qualifying offer from the Pacers, but they rescinded it as it looked like the writing was on the way. Hansbrough provided that type of energy needed for the team, and I do think he was a big part of this turnaround the Pacers have made. It’s a bit of a shame to see him go, and now the Pacers have to look to fill that void. That could come in the way of Jeff Pendergraph, who could come at a cheap price tag. Bringing him off the bench could work out for his game as at times he looked good enough to fill that role.

That’s really what the Pacers need right now, the role players. Guys that know what they need to do, come in, and do that. There’s not much room for that difference maker, but with championship teams, you need those role players. The Pacers will start looking for that, and then the real work of putting the team on the same page begins.

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