Ok, so i was looking at hoopshype, and seeing Pacers salaries ( http://hoopshype.com/salaries/indiana.htm ). I roughly figured the Pacers have 13.9 million in expiring contracts after this season. This does not include Daniels 7.35m team option, which I would almost guess will not be picked up (atleast I hope not...to much for little production). So when you add that is 22m in expiring contracts.
The question to everyone here...Are the Pacers lining themselves up for a big time trading team in Febuary? OR, are they going to let the season play out and let all contracts expire and enter Free Agent market for a high profile player?
The Pacers will trade away some contracts near the deadline in hopes of picking up a couple more 1st round picks. We have never seen the Pacers really hit the Free Agent market for big names. So, I believe Bird is going to try to build this team with young talent and be ready to take over the Pacers when Dunleavy and Murphys contracts expire after 2010/2011 season.
They are already building nicely with Rush and Hibbert. If they can grab another teams 1st round (or 2), the Pacers could be adding 2-3 first round talents looking toward 2-3 seasons of being a Championship contender.
Again, just my opionion and was wondering what everyone elses thoughts were on the Pacers situation of expiring contracts.