Last edited by Speed; 07-06-2012 at 03:36 PM.
This just in, per Evan Massey, per Steven Skylar, per Mike Wells gut feeling.... Pacers might be interested in OJ Mayo, I'm checking my sources for confirmation as we speak....
I hope Shade doesn't find out about this.
@ESPNSteinLine: Raps G Jerryd Bayless is now unrestricted free agent, agent Jeff Schwartz tells ESPN. Raps have pulled qualifying offer to make Bayless UFA
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..
@johnhollinger: Bayless couldn't have blown up Fields/Lowry deals by accepting QO. May signal another deal coming for Raps.
The Indiana Pacers finished a successful 2011-12 campaign where they finished third in the Eastern Conference with a 42-24 record. They won their first-round playoff match-up against the Magic and held a 2-1 series lead over the Heat before losing three straight and being eliminated.
As well as the season went for Indiana, the offseason has been quite the opposite. After signing George Hill to a slightly high five-year, $40 million deal, Roy Hibbert was offered a max contract by the Portland Trail Blazers. The four-year, $58 million asking price puts the Pacers in a tough position.
Heading into the 2012-13 season, the team was looking to add a two-guard, but now they may have to choose between adding a player like O.J. Mayo and retaining Roy Hibbert.
O.J. Mayo is exactly what Indiana needs to take the next step. As good as Hibbert was—a great defender and actual prototypical center—he's not worth the money. With the money, the Pacers can get Mayo and Chris Kaman.
Mayo is a good shooter who has played the role of sixth man the past two years in Memphis, but put up much better numbers in his first two pro seasons when he was a starter. Indiana could desperately use an outside shooter to improve the offense.
Kaman, though not as talented as Hibbert, provides the same type of player at a much cheaper cost. The Pacers could sign Mayo and Kaman instead of matching Portland's offer to Hibbert. Having $98 million tied up between George Hill and Roy Hibbert is ridiculous. Let him walk and have the Blazers pay him that kind of money.
The problem is that the Pacers need to act quickly. It is still unclear what they will do come July 11 when Hibbert officially signs the offer sheet.
When asked earlier this week about the likelihood of the Pacers matching the Blazer's offer, ESPN's Chad Ford had this to say:
Fifty-one percent. They are really on the fence. If they can find a replacement that they are comfortable with for cheaper, they may let him go. Chris Kaman is coming in today into Indy. Personally I feel that's a pretty big downgrade, but Larry Bird has been a huge fan of Kaman's.
Whatever they decide, it must be executed in the next couple of days.
With Brandon Roy already gone to Minnesota, Mayo is the best player left at his position, and there's a big drop after him. Also, Kaman has other potential suitors, so Indiana needs to either grab these two guys now or commit to Hibbert and figure out what to do with the little money they have left.
The Pacers are a young, talented team that has a chance to become an Eastern Conference power in the future. This is one of the decisions that will shape the next decade in Indiana. They need to let Hibbert walk and focus on Mayo and Kaman.
My guess on Mayo is around 4/$32M. That puts it at significantly above the MLE, while not being an overpay -- it satisfies him, and it should satisfy us.
The player who I really want to go after is Darrell Arthur with our Cap Room Exception ($2.5M). The Grizzlies just signed Speights, so I would imagine that he is available. If not we can always do a sign and trade. Of course, I would prefer that we trade Collison, Hansborough, and our 2013 First for Millsap, but that is a whole different discussion.
Last edited by pacergod2; 07-06-2012 at 04:07 PM.
"Your course, your path, is not going to be like mine," West says. "Everybody is not called to be a multimillionaire. Everybody's not called to be the president. Whatever your best work is, you do it. Do it well. … You cease your own greatness when you aspire to be someone else."
Would signing Mayo send a message that we would continue to be in "win now" mode & thus increase the chances of matching Hibbert?
This is why we must match Portland's offer to Roy. Even if we get buyer's remorse, he can be used as a major trade chip to bring in other assets and future savings. It's low-risk, high-reward.
Why so SERIOUS
Wovles can send Derrick Williams to the Blazers to keep Batum. Then trade Derrick Williams to the Pacers for Hibbs. Just a thought.
Hope Hibbs stays, but don't want to lose him for nothing. Derrick Williams would be a pretty nice consolation prize. Our PF of the future.
First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.
So no amnesty for Calderon.
@ESPNSteinLine: Calderon? Growing sense w/rival teams is Raps either use Spaniard's expiring deal in trade or just keep him. Scratch him from amnesty lists
@johnhollinger: Follow-up to Stein's Tweet: With Bayless QO off books, no strong need to amnesty Calderon unless blockbuster deal materializes.
They already bought out Shawne Williams 3 million dollar contract.
Why so SERIOUS