I caught up with a Western Conference beat writer I hadn't talked to in a few months last week.
One of the first things he said was, "Now who are the Pacers starters? Mike Dunleavy, Danny Granger and who else? They don't have anybody that's ever played in an All-Star game."
I told him Granger will be the next Pacers player to play in an All-Star game.
When? I don't know.
Granger, who is going into his fourth year, is still in his rookie contract. The Pacers can sign him to an extension at any time between now and the end of October. If not, he'll be a restricted free agent next summer.
Bird said a few weeks ago that they haven't really had much discussion with Granger because they can match any offer made to him if they don't sign him to an extension.
What type of contract do you think the Pacers should offer Granger?
Here's a look at several contracts players signed over the summer.
--Andrew Bogut: five years, $60 million
--Andre Iguodala: six years, $80 million
--Emeka Okafor: six years, $72 million
--Josh Smith: five years, $58 million
--Monta Ellis: six years, $67 million
I recently asked a league official what type of deal Granger should get. He threw him in the same breath as Iguodala.
Iguodala and Granger, who play a similar style, put up similar numbers last season.
Iguodala averaged 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field. 1277
Granger averaged 19.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists while making 45 percent of his attempts.
Do you agree with that assessment?
Here's a couple of tidbits:
--Don't think the Pacers have given up trying to trade point guard Jamaal Tinsley. Bird said earlier this week that he thinks things will pick back up after Labor Day because a lot of league officials are either on vacation or at the Olympics in Beijing.
-- T.J. Ford is doing his best to reach out to his new teammates. The Pacers point guard is expected to go to New York to workout with Dunleavy and Troy Murphy.