June 22, 2005
Pacers content with 17th draft pick
By Mike Wells
Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird said this afternoon that the National Basketball Association team has been contacted about moving up in next week’s NBA Draft, but he thinks they can get a good player with the 17th pick.
“(What) some of the guys (teams) are asking for I don’t want to give up,” Bird said. “There’s a good possibility we’re going to stay there. But if we can get up there and get a player that can step right in and make a big impact on our team we’ll try to do that.”
The Pacers, who lost to the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the playoffs, have the 17th and 46th pick in the draft.
Bird wouldn’t say what specific position they’re looking to draft. A shooting guard is a possibility because of the retirement of Reggie Miller. Despite Miller’s retirement, the Pacers will still be one of the deepest teams in the NBA next season.
“It’s according to who’s there,” Bird said. “We feel like we have some areas where we need to get better. There’s going to be a group of guys there when we select. I think we have it figured out who is going to be there. We just have to make the decision on what we want.”
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Looks like they're still trying to dispel some of those rumors and make it seem as though they will keep the pick.