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rexnom
05-30-2006, 12:51 AM
The Walsh Report
Andrew Perna - 28th May, 2006 9:02 PM

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Pacers (http://pacers.realgm.com/) CEO Donnie Walsh sat down with Mark Montieth of The Indiana (http://pacers.realgm.com/)polis Star this past Wednesday. He expressed his desire not to blow up Indiana (http://pacers.realgm.com/)’s current roster, and touched on many other things in his interview. The question remains – What does it all mean?

Walsh was quoted in The Star as saying, “A team changes all the time…If you make two or three changes on a team, that’s a lot of change.”

Donnie understands the problems Indiana (http://pacers.realgm.com/) has had. For one, as much as people are tired of hearing it as an excuse, Ron Artest (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/2/ron_artest/) did have a very unexpectedly negative impact on the last two seasons. The Pacers (http://pacers.realgm.com/) also haven’t been healthy in a long time, which is something most NBA teams have to deal with every couple of years.

I think Walsh and Larry Bird plan on making a few ‘mid-major’ moves, but they will not sacrifice next season in order to rebuild. When asked about getting into next June’s lottery, Walsh told The Star, “I would never do that…You’re asking people to wait for five or six years, and I will not do that. And I don’t think we have to do that. I think that’s nonsense, I really do.”

They will probably make a trade or two, and look for an impact player in next month’s draft, but don’t expect an entirely new line-up next season. The rumors of Jermaine O’Neal being on the block have been dispelled, and Peja Stojakovic (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/57/peja_stojakovic/) has expressed his desire to retire in Indiana (http://pacers.realgm.com/), despite playing in a tumultuous half season this year.

Personally, I would like to see the Pacers (http://pacers.realgm.com/) go after Minnesota (http://timberwolves.realgm.com/)’s sixth overall draft pick that has reportedly been placed on the trading block. The pick could then be used on an immediate force, someone like Rudy Gay, Marcus Williams, or Brandon Roy.

Walsh seemed to confirm reports that Coach Rick Carlisle is safe. “I don’t think either one of us (including Bird) wants to do that,” he said Wednesday. He did also say that it’s still early in the off-season, but I think things would have to be a lot worse than they were in 2005-2006 for the Pacers (http://pacers.realgm.com/) to fire Bird’s buddy Carlisle.

With his contract expiring next season, Walsh also hinted that he’s content with the imprint he’s left on the Indiana Pacers (http://pacers.realgm.com/) and that Larry Bird is more than capable of stepping into his shoes.

While I agree with Walsh that this team doesn’t need a complete overhaul, something does need to be done. Another good draft and a few savvy trades could put the Pacers (http://pacers.realgm.com/) back in the hunt for the title once again. Walsh has changed this team significantly several times since 1989, and the Pacers (http://pacers.realgm.com/) have only missed the playoffs once since then – 1997.

Even if Pacer fans have lost hope when it comes to some of their favorite players, they should sleep soundly knowing that one of the league’s best front offices is working towards better times.

http://pacers.realgm.com/articles/87/20060528/the_walsh_report/



Haven't seen this up here yet and I just wanted to post it because I find the part about us trading up really interesting. I think we could really use Brandon Roy or Marcus Williams, for example, and if that pick is on the block...

SoupIsGood
05-30-2006, 12:52 AM
What are we going to trade to get that pick?

8.9_seconds
05-30-2006, 12:54 AM
Oy, Trading to get a Pick? Depends who, I really don't think that we need anymore young guys.

rexnom
05-30-2006, 12:56 AM
Maybe Harrison? Even tho he's a former late first round pick.

SoupIsGood
05-30-2006, 12:58 AM
Larry needs to convince McHale that Tins and Jack and the answers to their problems. :eyebrow:

microwave_oven
05-30-2006, 01:01 AM
I can't think of a senario where we could get their pick, no pieces are matching up. I'm not even sure I want it, unless I knew Brandon Roy would still be there

Anthem
05-30-2006, 01:19 AM
I'd love to get that #6 pick. I'd be happy to trade JO for it.

They'd just need to include KG to make the salaries match.

skyfire
05-30-2006, 02:11 AM
Jax + #17 for Hudson + #6

Both teams get to move a piece they no longer want. Jax might respond better in Garnett's shadow and the Pacers get a solid pick.

dunno, Hudson has been pretty badly injured the last few years. Something the Pacers already have in abundance, but the #6 pick would be nice.

Eindar
05-30-2006, 04:21 AM
Jax + #17 for Hudson + #6

Both teams get to move a piece they no longer want. Jax might respond better in Garnett's shadow and the Pacers get a solid pick.

dunno, Hudson has been pretty badly injured the last few years. Something the Pacers already have in abundance, but the #6 pick would be nice.

That's actually a pretty good trade for both sides.

owl
05-30-2006, 07:15 AM
Or how about Harrison/Jackson for #6 and Hudson.
Pacers keep #17.

Who is being quoted about getting Minny's #6?
Just the author???? If that is the case I might as well have said that.

rexnom
05-30-2006, 07:41 AM
Or how about Harrison/Jackson for #6 and Hudson.
Pacers keep #17.

Who is being quoted about getting Minny's #6?
Just the author???? If that is the case I might as well have said that.
It's just the author..but it's a good idea. Also, I had no idea Minny's pick was on the block.

Anthem
05-30-2006, 09:40 AM
dunno, Hudson has been pretty badly injured the last few years. Something the Pacers already have in abundance
Exactly. Why would we trade our healthiest player for their most injured? A pick's not worth that.

owl
05-30-2006, 10:08 AM
If it is Jackson I would say that yes it is worth a draft pick. Healthy or not.
I do not know if I can stand another year of Jackson and his attitude with the
refs.


owl

debohstheman
05-30-2006, 10:15 AM
while Jackson's griping with the refs is very annoying, i think he is definitely one of our better players; i would much rather trade tinsley and our pick for Hudson and their pick....would anyone trade AJ and our pick for Hudson and their pick?

Leisure Suit Larry
05-30-2006, 10:25 AM
while Jackson's griping with the refs is very annoying, i think he is definitely one of our better players; i would much rather trade tinsley and our pick for Hudson and their pick....would anyone trade AJ and our pick for Hudson and their pick?

Not Minnesota

ahhteeth
05-30-2006, 06:59 PM
Why would minnesota want stephen when they have his clone in ricky davis. Those two together would for sure make Garnett want out.

Jermaniac
05-30-2006, 07:12 PM
Exactly. Why would we trade our healthiest player for their most injured? A pick's not worth that.Yes it is.

Brandon Roy + A unhealthy PG >>> Jack and #17 pick.

CableKC
05-30-2006, 07:31 PM
Exactly. Why would we trade our healthiest player for their most injured? A pick's not worth that.

Getting rid of SJax is good enough reason for me. I would dump SJax for a solid backup SG/SF if I had my way. :rolleyes:

CableKC
05-30-2006, 07:41 PM
The only player that I can think of that would really make sense that the Twolves would want that would possibly make the TWolves even consider it would be Peja in a S&T.

I would be happy with:

#6 + Hassell + filler

for

Peja + filler ( if necessary )

I would love for the TWolves to take players that we don't want anymore...but I doubt it happens.