May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) reacts from the bench during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Aftermath of Game 6

The Pacers looked like they were ready for the off season by the end of the 1st quarter in Game 6 against the Miami Heat, but it took three more quarters to make it official as Indiana was bounced in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year straight.

Now comes the fallout.

Do the Pacers want to keep Lance Stephenson? Depending on who you talk to or how you want to interpret it, the answer is… maybe?

“I mean, I don’t know,” Paul George said, “That’s for [Pacers president] Larry [Bird], [GM] Kevin [Pritchard], for them to decide.”

“It would be great, we came into this league together,” he said. “It would be great for us to continue our journey together. He’s played a huge year this whole season and in this postseason. He’s definitely put pressure on us to make decisions going forward with Lance.”

For a little perspective, Paul George isn’t the best at interviews and rarely gives a direct and concise answer to any question. He didn’t give Lance a ringing endorsement either, but I wouldn’t go this route. It isn’t clear exactly what the locker room wants, but I’m sure rumors and gossip will emerge soon enough and begin to paint a picture.

Rumors are already beginning to swirl that Roy Hibbert is considering asking for a trade. There is still 2 years and plenty of money left on his contract.

At least we know Frank Vogel will be back, but it looks like we’ve seen the last of Evan Turner in a Pacers jersey as well.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but the Pacers will have to start sorting through the mistakes made this season and figuring out exactly what the Pacers are made of.

Tags: Frank Vogel Indiana Pacers Lance Stpehenson Paul George Roy Hibbert

  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    Trading Hibbert might be the best thing this team could do. He is a big part of what makes the team so inflexible. If you could get a serviceable center and a legitimate point guard, it would do wonders to improve the flexibility of the team. Move George Hill to sixth man role and your bench improves drastically. I like it.

  • Nathaniel Bogan

    Would like to see someone with an offensive mind come in, as our offense is unbelievably stagnant, but maybe if Roy leaves, we’ll see some slashing and more ball movement on offense. Hill has to either go and be a second unit player. His lackadaisical passes seem to rub off on everyone else and lead to weak, lazy turnovers.

    • Tenacious D.

      Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. Roy is a “flow killer” even at his best. Besides defense does not win titles, offense does. A good offensive team can ramp up its defense come playoff time, but (as the Pacers have so ably proven over the last two seasons) a defensive team absolutely cannot ramp up its offense.

  • 15points126seconds

    Since this site won’t discuss ideas/rumors/trades for ways to get better, i’ve got a couple suggestions:
    Should the pacers drop Lance to go after another UFA, like Kyle Lowry? Or trade for rajon rondo?
    For the record, I love Lance and he brings a playmaking and aggressive energy that this team sorely needs. But i think our need at PG who can run the offense and distribute the ball (hill only has 3 assist/gm!) and limited cap space means we’d have to pick either him or an upgrade at the 1.

    • 15points126seconds

      i’m also not keen to unload Roy hibbert. His value is at an all-time low right now, and people forget he absolutely earned the All-Star nom earlier this year. If he can get his head right (if that really was the problem), I think he’ll go back to being the center he was in the first half of the season. he IS the reason we had the #1 defense.

  • lil-bang

    Pacer fans are about as quick to hit the implode button as the Pacer’s imploded the nation’s hope’s of knocking off the Miami Heat.
    1. Who is there to get that is better at any position people are discussing about getting rid of? No point in discussing it if there is no one out there better. Pacers lineup is pretty much locked up for next year besides Lance and Turner. So they would have to do it all by trades. When have the Pacers ever done well with a trade?
    2. Lebron didn’t win his first Championship until he was 27. Hibbert is 27, Hill just turned 28, PG is 24, and Lance is 24. Still room to grow. Plus a coach that is only 3.5 years in. If PG continues to excel his game this team can keep win it.
    3. Wade made a comment after the Heat beat the Pacers that was something along the lines of ~”at the beginning of the season we all came together and said put the individual stuff aside” and that is exactly what they did and the Pacers didn’t. See Lance(every analyst picked him apart for doing his own thing the second half of the season), See PG (clearly looks at only the stat sheet after the game, so you can’t tell me he isn’t doing it during the game wondering where his shots are), See Hibbert (mentally breaks down when he isn’t involved…but they were winning when he was involved, he just needs to make his shots)…If this ‘team’ gets back to playing TEAM basketball they can beat miami…See pre all-star break 2014, more than just Pacer Nation thought Miami was going to lose to Indiana in the Postseason at that point.
    Go Pacers!!! Thanks for a great season. #1 seed in the east is nothing to be ashamed of, just need to play your best ball when it matters most.

    • John Bunch

      Good post. Just being nitpicky, but the Detlef for McKey trade helped both teams involved.

  • PaintedClown12

    As a Heat hater and a lifelong Celtics fan, I really wanted to see Larry Legend and the Pacers take out the boys from South Beach this year. But, whatever it was that happened this past Winter never got corrected and it felt like the Pacers had no confidence in themselves or Coach Vogel’s game plan and it ate them up during the series. Lance’s antics didn’t help and Hibbert’s vanishing act was the nail in the coffin. Ahh well. Perhaps this humorous look at Larry Bird’s post series locker room address will make some sad Pacer fans smile at least a little bit.