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    Default Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue

    The last tidbit thrown out there is what made me post this. What would you guys think of Milsap and what do you believe the asking price would be?

    http://www.indystar.com/article/2011...s-might-pursue

    A look at players the Pacers might pursue


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    Pacers president Larry Bird and general manager David Morway will likely be on the phone or visiting free agents once the free agency period begins at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 9.The two front office officials have spent the past three years waiting to be under the salary cap so that they can add veteran players to their relatively young roster.

    The Pacers likely won't use all their cap space during the free agency period. Bird said last season that they have not spent the past few years getting in this position to turn around and use all their cap space in a short period of time.

    Acquiring a power forward is at the top of the list for the Pacers.

    Here’s a look at how the Pacers may pursue free agency.

    FREE AGENTS

    1. David West
    West, who has averaged at least 17 points and 7.0 rebounds in each of the past six seasons, would give the Pacers a true low-post scoring power forward. He can also score on the perimeter.

    The question surrounding West, though, is that he’s coming off surgery on his left knee and he’s 31 years old. He’s also looking for a significant payday after opting out of the final year of his contract.

    The Pacers likely won’t offer him a hefty contract because of the reasons listed above. Plus there’s some concern that West may not be as productive in the next few years once young players like Paul George and Roy Hibbert are ready to take their game to another level.

    2. Nene
    He doesn’t score like West, but his playing style fits perfectly because he likes to get physical in the paint, a significant area of concern for the Pacers the past few seasons. Nene has shot at least 58 percent from the field while averaging at least 13.8 points in each of the past three seasons.

    Hibbert spent time working out with Nene in San Antonio during the lockout.

    3. Carl Landry
    The former Boilermaker has used his nonstop motor to overcome being considered an undersized power forward in the NBA.

    Bird has always been a fan of Landry. The Pacers tried to acquire him prior to the trade deadline last February. It’s uncertain, though, how hard the Pacers will pursue Landry since his playing style is similar to Tyler Hansbrough.

    TRADE

    The Pacers talked to the UtahJazz about forward Paul Milsap prior to the draft. Expect them to make a phone call to the Jazz again. The 26-year-old Milsap, a Pacer killer in the past, averaged a career-high 17 points last season.

    The Pacers can make this deal happen because they’ll have salary cap space and they won’t hesitate to give up a draft pick to get a player that will help solve their power forward problems.

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    Paul Millsap is fine by me. Same with Al Jefferson who will be useful to play either PF and center since Tyler will be getting a huge chunk of those minutes. Nene too.

    No to either Hornets PF please!

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    Milsap would be great.

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    Milsap would be great.
    Way better than West for sure.

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    If Paul Milsap is available that is who I would want. Nene would be another choice as well.
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    Millsap plays like a true PF despite his size and is definitely starter quality.

    I don't know what Utah will look to get from us.
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    Default Re: Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue

    Is Milsap worth giving up a 2012 1st rounder in what is supposed to be a stacked draft?

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    Default Re: Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue

    I wonder how long Mike Wells was sitting on this article, lol?

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    Is Milsap worth giving up a 2012 1st rounder in what is supposed to be a stacked draft?
    I would.
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    Default Re: Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue

    I'm thinking it over. Yeah, I think I'd do it. Then look to sign Jamal Crawford.

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    I wonder how long Mike Wells was sitting on this article, lol?
    LOL, bet he has a few that are pre-written ready to go

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    I would not give up a 2012 pick. Best draft in years. Any other year after that would be fine.
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    I would not give up a 2012 pick. Best draft in years. Any other year after that would be fine.
    I tend to agree. However, now that there's going to be a season ( ), our draft position is likely to be lower than I originally thought it would had the lockout extended through the entire season. So it's less valuable now.

    But nonetheless, it's supposed to be a very good draft, and we'll still be picking probably in the late teens.

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    Remember, Amnesty could bring several FA's into the market.
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    Remember, Amnesty could bring several FA's into the market.
    I honestly did forget that, but you can't forget that those guys will get the amnesty for a reason. They're flawed in some major way.

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    T-Hans + first round pick for Paul Milsap. Then sign Landry as well, and maybe even keep McRoberts.
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    I honestly did forget that, but you can't forget that those guys will get the amnesty for a reason. They're flawed in some major way.
    So, Rashard Lewis isn't worth 21mil and that makes him flawed? I'd take him for 30mil - 3yrs in a second.
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    Default Re: Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue

    I don't think I'd take Rashard Lewis for the vet's minimum.. Just a waste of space.

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    T-Hans + first round pick for Paul Milsap. Then sign Landry as well, and maybe even keep McRoberts.
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    Paul Milsap would be awesome. I'd give up Hansbrough for him, maybe a pick as well. His contract is extremely reasonable given his production. Might leave us enough wiggle room to sign somebody to a max contract next year (Deron Williams?)

    Anybody we sign now will cost us so much more cap room. I'd love it if they got Milsap instead.
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    So, Rashard Lewis isn't worth 21mil and that makes him flawed? I'd take him for 30mil - 3yrs in a second.
    If you'd pay 10 mil a year for a guy who has averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game the last 2 years, I'm thanking God you don't run the Pacers.

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    Damn it feels good to be talking basketball again.

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    Im okay with Landry, but I would prefer Nene. Depending on the price it would cost us for Millsap, I'd be interested (whats their cap situation look like?). Don't think they'd take Tyler since they'd be moving Millsap to clear a logjam at the 4.

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    Rashard Lewis is more of a SF anyway and not worth the money.
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    If you'd pay 10 mil a year for a guy who has averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game the last 2 years, I'm thanking God you don't run the Pacers.
    You don't have to thank God!
    But Lewis has been a durable player and he is a solid go to player, I would pay him approx. 3mil more then having Landry for example. He is a great player rather you want to admit it or not. He just isn't worth the 21mil per year.
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