The heavyweights are coming
Posted by Mike Wells
THE `BURBS - Here's the list of players expected to workout for the Pacers on Thursday.
--Former Indiana University player Robert Vaden
--Ohio State's B.J. Mullens
--Utah's Luke Nevill
--BYU's Lee Cummard
--Tasheed Carr of St. Joseph's
--Garret Siler of Augusta State
North Carolina's Wayne Ellington was also scheduled to workout, but decided to pull out.
Some of you are probably scratching your head wondering about the players the Pacers have brought in so far.
Don't worry, things are expected to heat up next week.
North Carolina's Ty Lawson
, Wake Forest's Jeff Teague
, UCLA's Jrue Holiday
, Pittsburgh DeJuan Blair
, Florida State's Toney Douglas and Michigan State's Goran Suton are expected to workout Monday.
There's been a lot of talk about what the Pacers need. Point guard and power forward are the two most talked about positions.
If you think about it, though, the Pacers need help across the board.
--Point guard: T.J. Ford could end up being the only player returning from last season if Travis Diener decides to opt out his contract and the Pacers can't afford to re-sign Jarrett Jack.
--Shooting guard/small forward: Brandon Rush and Danny Granger are the only two healthy swingmen under contract for next season. Mike Dunleavy is sidelined indefinitely as he works his way back from knee surgery.
--Power forward: They have been looking for a low-post scorer ever since they traded Jermaine O'Neal a year ago.
--Center: They could use a defensive intimidator in the paint to help stop teams from going through lay up drills against them. Roy Hibbert will eventually be that player once he learns how to quit fouling all the time.