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?
A look at players the Pacers might pursue
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.
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.
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.
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.