There seems to be a consensus that TPTB have a three year plan they are following. However I keep seeing different references to what the plan is and even to what year we are in. I've looked to see some idea what the plan is and I can't find anything from TPTB. Has Bird or Morway ever specifically said "three year plan"? I have seen references to having many expiring contracts. I'm curious if that is really all the plan is - an acknowledgement that the team has had little to no flexibility until after next season. Is there more to it? Have they been working off a master plan? Or just trying to get back to the playoffs?
I understand that they would not likely come out a detail an exact plan in the media. But considering how many times I've seen it referenced in the media and on forums, I expected to find more from TPTB than I did.
The most common plan I see referenced is that we are building around solid, smart, "NBA ready" draft picks and that when all of the contracts expire we will be able to add a difference making player to that solid core via free agency. I personally don't like that plan. For numerous reasons I do not believe the team will be able to sign a difference maker via free agency. I think that will leave us with a solid team of mediocre players. In the playoffs, but certainly not true contenders. That is obviously better than we have been, but not really where I want to go.
I don't really believe there is what I would call a "plan". I believe they are doing what little they can each year to attempt to make the playoffs. The idea being that eventually they will have more flexibility. IMO that explains the reluctance to draft underclassman, the signings of Watson and Jones, the reliance on mediocre veterans, and the resigning of Foster. Those moves do not match what my idea of the three year plan would have been. My version would have been to take more chances in the draft. To try to acquire a difference maker - a double, triple, or home run instead of singles. To more actively try to developed the younger guys. Then use the flexibility of the expirings to acquire the role players that we have been drafting. The primary example of this IMO is drafting Tyler and passing on Holiday. The two players that I wanted the Pacers to take were Jennings and Holiday. I felt certain that at least one of them would be there. I also felt certain that Bird would pass on either because they weren't deemed "NBA ready"........
I'm starting to ramble. My questions are:
Has TPTB ever specifically mentioned a three year plan?
What do you believe the three year actually is?
Do you feel confident we are where we should be within the plan as you understand it?
How would you know we weren't where we should be or that it isn't going to pan out how you understand it?