First Lance, then Mayo. Just wondering if anyone else felt that we're going down that dark path of talent at all cost again.
Look, I understand that we need to take chances in order to get talented players. It's just that not all risks are equal. We've taken chances on guys like Paul George (raw, weak conference), Hibbert (slow, unathletic), Hans (no upside). If they have not amounted to anything, we'd just move on with little downside. Taking talented but troubled players though, has blown up in our faces several times in the past.
I can buy all the reasons for drafting Lance. Young guy, low pick, even hired a private investigator to check out his background. Despite all that, he already has one incident (But hey the case was dropped, no harm no foul right?). To his credit though, Lance seems to fit in with our locker room culture, and it may be that being surrounded by positive role models would help him mature.
One guy like that is ok I think, but now we want to add another! Mayo is talented, and we're getting him at a cheap price, but is it too fast too soon? Mayo's "rap sheet" - marijuana possession, suspended for taking DHEA (a steroid masker, though Mayo claims innocence), fighting with a teammate - not too terrible perhaps, but not something we want to add to the mix either.
It's also rumored that we tried to get Zach Randolph added to the deal to fill our PF void. Obviously this is just a rumor but it may mean that the Pacers are not as opposed to a ZBo homecoming as many of us have assumed. He may in fact be one of our free agent targets next year, but maybe I'm reading too much into it.
To summarize, I'm just pointing out that Pacers have been burned badly in the past by collecting "bad apple" players, but it seems like we're ready to try this strategy again. Thoughts?