Hello all I have been lurking around on these boards for about 3 years now and have never really posted. I used to read the indystar one but when Hicks made this awhile back I decided to switch boards. In any case here are my thoughts.
The Pacers will not trade for T-mac. I love the idea and I think the Pacers would be VERY good with him but I just don't see it happening. Look back at the big trades the Pacers have made in the past an you can get a good idea of the types of things Donnie likes to do. First of all, he usually makes a trade that none of us really even thought of and which involves unproven good players he has faith in. Look at the trade for Artest Miller and Mercer. None of them were superstars but 2 have already became allstars. What about Dale Davis or JO? All of indy was upset on that one! What about Antonio Davis for Bender <-- still unproven LOL. My point is Donnie Walsh doesn't trade for Superstars. He is a master at gettting great trades becuase of his ability to see talent right before it blosoms and then use it. Even the trade for Jalen Rose was simular. Now Maybe Bird will alter things a lot and I will be wrong but look for a trade that involves a shooting guard like Quintin Richardson that has yet to be a superstar. That is the type of player I am predicting we will go after.
Bender - Much as I would like to see him get traded for something else he won't be traded. Walsh loves the kid and he will give him one more year to break out in the 6th man role becuase Harrington WILL be traded. Look for Bender to possibly be traded next year.
Draft Picks - I would be shocked if we do a trade to trade up in the draft. We got a young veteran team and we don't really need drafts. It may happen as a filler to another trade though.
Artest - I know someone of you HATE him but he continues to improve in offense and he is DPOY. He is NOT getting traded.
Tinsely - It surprises me how many of you seem to think he will be traded. He won't. We won't get a better PG for the money we pay him while addressing our SG problem.
But some of you are saying what about a BIG man????? We lost one with Brad and now we are struggling. While a big man is always nice foster has proved he can rebound and make the hustle plays. Why bring someone else in when you got him and in the east he will do. Look for us to worry about Big men next summer unless we get a SG for a steal and can use harrington to get a Dampier type player. Are worse need right now is a player who can create his own shot hit the 3 and streach the defense. When the defense is streached we are at our best. JO can slide over and play some minutes at center as well just like he did all year.
SO I guess what I am saying is don't be disappointed if there isn't a trade for a superstar. He got 2 allstars right now and don't necessarily need a 3rd to win a championship but I believe we will get a player who WILL be an allstar in 2 to 3 years and he won't be a draft pick. I would be he has been in the league 3 to 5 years and will break out as a Pacers!! The question is who will it be??