Optimistic is 100% fine by me. I was just pointing out that "Rondo with a scoring touch" might be TOO optimistic.
Guy's been stashed on the pine for two years.. At this point I just want to see him be at least a solid backup (which he is starting to show he can do).
No offense, but the only reason we think Jackson is a legit backup is because a lot of people liked him coming out of the draft. He might be total crap. He played 501 minutes in 45 games last year.
I like Lance and what he's doing, and I wanted Reggie last year, but I'm not more excited about what he did today because it was against Reggie.
just wanted to qualify my statement earlier, i hate feeling like I have to and that I thought that i already had but i wasn't advocating that we do that to Roy, I was just curious as to what options we had. thank you kstat and idioteque
3 scenarios for the draft, starting with my favorite first:
1. Pacers trade up for Justice Winslow
2. Take WCS or Stanley Johnson (this is the theory of a player falling); Make trades (Hibbert/West/others) for additional picks - George Lucas and Rakeem Christmas are players I'd love to have with a late first/early 2nd round
3. Trey Lyles
I'm sure my opinion will change many times before the draft though.
.The Fake ESPN @TheFakeESPN
Roy Hibbert remains with Pacers after Blazers' physical deemed him 'too healthy.'
Roy tweeted he's "about to do something special" about 45 minutes ago. I really, really, don't want to read too much into such an innocuous statement. But if he's about to sign his deal, our cap space...
Well, with Roy he could be getting ready for an MMA sparring session or having a piece of chocolate cake. It really could be alot of things with the Big Fella. But your right, if he's signing his contract, I would think that has a huge impact on what moves can still be made.
[pre-emptive disappointed sigh if we re-sign Hibbert without signing additional free agents]
NBA Rumors: Portland Trailblazers Never Intended on Signing Roy Hibbert Away From Indiana Pacers
After the Indiana Pacerseventually decided that they were going to match the Portland Trailblazer’s four-year $58 million max contract offer to center Roy Hibbert, the Blazers brass decided to revoke that offer quicker than the fans in Portland could say ‘Sam Bowie’. This entire fiasco could run deeper and more personal for Portland’s team and front office. The truth is, Portland may not have been very interested in Hibbert at all.
Portland was the first team that jumped head-first into the free agent pool, by opening up their max offer to Hibbert literally less than five minutes after free agency began. Hibbert, one of the few true starting centers who can make an impact in today’s NBA, was expected to be a hot commodity in free agency. Still, many believe that Hibbert’s skill set, although constantly evolving, is far from worthy of such a monstrous offer. In fact, Portland’s owner Paul Allen openly criticized the Minnesota Timberwolves for offering a max contract the Trailblazers’ swing man Nicolas Batum. If turnabout is indeed fair play, then why would the Blazers be so salty at the Wolves for doing the same thing to them that the Blazers were trying to do to the Pacers? There are a few things about this initial offer (and its recension) that seem more than a bit fishy.
Indiana’s new general manager, Kevin Pritchard, had a well-publicised ugly exit as the general manager of the Blazers in 2010. This hollow offer could be Allen’s way to stick it to Pritchard (and his new team) by attempting to either steal away one of their best players, or to at least force Indiana to pay the highest-possible price for their All-Star free agent.
I have not heard it mentioned anywhere else and I don't know for sure if it is accurate but the new Pacers salary page at Hoopsworld shows Hibbert's 4th year as a player option.
Coincidently that is when he would be eligible for a max contract equal to 30% of the salary cap.
It looks like Falk may want to squeeze the Pacers by the balls again in 3 years and cripple them financially.
We may be basically looking at a 3 year window depending on how this all plays out.
Last edited by Larry Staverman; 07-27-2012 at 08:56 AM.
**** Paul Allen