truthfully, Simon wants this. This team is a business decision for them. Never bid on Restricted free agents, never spend over the cap, unless it is minimal, and only if necessary in a year we are a championship threat....... the players see/know that crap, the executives they might want see it and know it, and damn, the fans seem to be the only ones oblivious..... Simon has come out and basically said their endgame (only goal) is merely to make the playoffs every year. this team will never tank to acquire talent long term, they will never break the bank for talent, they want to maintain status quo, and make money.... their self imposed policies dictate this. Small market teams can be successful, the Pacers Owners simply have self imposed restrictions which have generally made it much harder, kinda like Notre dame does with football.... it is what it is.