As many of us know we will have a substantial amount of money to spend in this off season. The question I pose to you is what would you consider a successful off season for the Pacers.
Do we stand pat and make no major signing ie just sign backups to replace our FA's?
Do we sign a starting sg? Who?
Do we sign a starting pf? Who?
Do we upgrade Collison?
My ideal scenario goes something like this:
1. Upgrading our starting PF position. We have talked about this ad nauseam but I would like to offer some details that I think would be a plausible sign and trade. Its no secret that David West plans on opting out of his contract after this year so I would suggest to Bird that we do a sign and trade with the Hornets for West. The contract would be 4-5 years for 12 million per.
If I am David West agent I would have to ask myself if I really want my client to dabble in a post CBA FA market with new rules and probably lower salaries. If the Hornets need a sweetner then I would offer up a second round pick or swap first round picks or do both. This way we still have a pick in order to land Mayo if Bird wants to revisit that deal.
The main reason to do this deal is to avoid a bidding war with other teams. Would it work I have no clue but I think its atleast a reasonable scenario for Bird to look into. The worst thing I can forsee happening is that we make a run for a player and we don't get him.
2. Sign a Veteran shooting guard.
Yes I am a PG fan and I believe he is the sg of the future but I don't know when he can actually give us consistent play. Until then I would like to sign a veteran sg like Jason Richardson. Offer up 3 years 8 million per and see what he says. If the answer is no then I think hard about standing pat with PG and Rush.
3. Here is my out in left field scenario. "IF" Lance is a good boy this offseason then I sign him to 4 year extension with a the 4th year being a team option. This contract would be a low ball offer at around 2 million per year and the point would be to retain a player with tremendous upside for cheap. IMO the contract would have to low enough that we could cut ties with him if he had a serious incident off the court. I am not even sure if we can sign him to an extension but I would look to do it as soon as possible if we plan on giving him more minutes in the future. FYI his contact is up after next year.
I know many posters will disagree with my suggestions but if we accomplished something like this in the off season then I would be thrilled as a Pacers fan.