There's a lot of trade rumors out there, which are only going to get worse tomorrow when a lot of previously-traded players become available to move again. The Pacers need to add a few pieces to remain competitive, and prove they're no first-round exits.
Who do we get rid of? Who do we pick up? Who is realistically attainable?
Words in the grapevine say Steve Nash may depart Phoenix; Leandro Barbosa may get shipped out of Toronto to make room for Wilson Chandler; Chris Kaman may or may not be available, due to recently being granted playing time; Monta Ellis is all over the trade block, but supposedly has been for two years; Rajon Rondo and the rest of the Celtics might get moved, but Danny Ainge could just be pulling the league's collective chain.
I personally only want to go for two of those players mentioned above. But do we need someone with a big name and big game to join the team? Or are there "lesser" players who can do the job we need, and then some?
Can JaJuan Johnson, Ryan Hollins, Jeremy Tyler, Jordan Hill, or Earl Clark good enough replacements for Chris Kaman, and/or back-ups for David West and Roy Hibbert? Would Luke Ridnour, Ramon Sessions, Reggie Jackson, Goran Dragic, Greivis Vasquez, or even Elliot Williams be able to out-perform AJ Price's capabilities as a pass-first point guard? Adding the "pivotal" high-volume scorer could be as easy as adding two medium-volume scorers, one of which who can contribute more assists to the better/more valuable/more consistent scorers.
Who can we pick up? Do we just take a couple more lower-quality players (compared to Nash, Monta) who can fill the voids, while stealing some draft picks who can outperform them in the next couple of years? What does Larry Bird have in mind that's going to "strengthen" this team? I don't see us picking up an Eric Gordon this year, so what can make this team better without destroying it in the process?
Genuinely interested in intelligent responses. We need to make moves, Larry's going to, I'm just impatient and want them to happen as soon as possible, so the team can get used to each other, and we can get ready for the playoffs.