Bird has brought in, mainly, George Hill and David West.
I love both signings. I would be upset, in hindsight, if they didn't happen. I applaud Bird.
That said, I don't see either major signing directly helping our most strategic needs as a team. Perhaps indirectly, but we'll see.
These (in my opinion) are our three most strategic needs:
1. The "X-man" 4/5.
Neither Hibbert nor Tyler are stellar at defense or rebounding. A 27 year old Foster would be perfect for this team, but his reliability is questionable.
West will add rebounding and toughness and leadership, so we will make a few strides here. But this strategic need is still there.
2. An end of the game finisher.
The Bulls series brought to light what we saw all year: we don't have a player who can create his own shot at the end of games. We need one.
George Hill can be clutch. I like the signing. I don't think he can create his own shot that well, so I don't think he directly addresses this need. Same with West. However, the fact that Granger, West, and Hill will all be on the floor in the final minute will greatly improve this problem.
Also, Paul George and even Lance could make strides in this area. Those two probably have the most potential of anyone on the team to create their own shots. Nevertheless, this year, we may still be one player away from finishing games. I would like to have seen a Crawford or Billups, etc., added to the roster for this purpose, but I guess you can't have everything.
3. A pass first point guard who plays defense.
I listed this third, but in my opinion it could be number one, but I know not everyone agrees with this need or they believe Collison could be the answer.
I am very interested in seeing how George Hill does in this regard. There seems to be a lot of mixed opinions. I will be disappointed if those who claim he can't see the floor very well are correct.
Again, Lance is a long shot, but I don't count on him for at least a year or two.
This may be the most difficult need for Bird/Morway to address, as good pass first point guards who play decent defense are pretty hard to come by. So, I'm not scolding TPTB or giving out a bad report card. I'd give them a B+ or even A- . Actually, if you factor in what was possible and available, they may have given us an A+ performance.
I just think our most significant needs weren't directly addressed. Rome wasn't built in a day, and more trades may come between now and the deadline. Next year, key pieces could be added to an excellent core. Or, potentials like PG and Lance could emerge or we may find Hill, West, Granger, and Hibbert capable of things they couldn't do before in different circumstances.
So I still believe the strategic needs may be addressed.
Regardless, kudos to Pacer management and let's see how this thing is looking so far.