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    UNDER CONTRACT: F Danny Granger, F David West, G George Hill, F T yler Hansbrough, G Dahntay Jones, G-F Paul George, G Darren Collison, G Lance Stephenson, F Jeff Pendergraph

    DRAFT PICKS: F Miles Plumlee, G Orlando Johnson

    FREE AGENTS: C Roy Hibbert (R), G A.J. Price, F Louis Amundson, G Leandro Barbosa, C Kyrylo Fesenko

    MOVES: The Pacers had two of the more desirable restricted free agents, and it will cost them significant salary cap space to keep them both. Indiana was much more aggressive on George Hill, refusing to let him get to the open market by offering a five-year, $40 million deal. Thatís a lot of money for someone who was a third guard six months ago, but late in the season Hill became the starter over Darren Collison, who enters a put-up-or-shut-up final year on his deal. The Pacers chose to let the market be established for Roy Hibbert, and Portland offered him the maximum $58 million over four years, giving Indiana a tough decision. After remaining remarkably quiet for several days, the Pacers finally decided to match Portlandís offer.

    TO-DO LIST: Last season, Hill and Hibbert cost Indiana less than $7 million. The first year of their new contracts will cost more than $20 million. That is why they probably will not aggressively pursue Leandro Barbosa and allow his $7 million to come off their cap. Louis Amundson can (and should) be retained on the cheap. Indiana may have enough wiggle room to pursue a shooter with its remaining cap room or one of its exceptions. Possible targets are O.J. Mayo, Courtney Lee or Michael Redd. They also could forsake the shooting for a wing stopper to help them against Miami.

    PROJECTION: Until the Nets establish who and what they are and the Bulls get back Derrick Rose, this is perhaps the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. Right now, the Pacers donít quite have enough to overtake Miami, but they would have taken a huge step backward if they allowed Hibbert to get away.
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    Default Re: Indiana Pacers Offseason Moves & Analysis

    Moves so far:

    Hill signed.

    Plumlee signed.

    Johnson signed.

    Price released.

    Hibbert reported as going to be signed possibly tomorrow.

    And that's it folks.

    The rest is rumor and speculation. The Pacer's seldom give away their strategies. Who saw West coming here, the Collison/Murphy deal, the Hibbert trade, or the Hill trade. We won't know until the Pacers are pretty sure they are going to do it. Sorry, that's the way they have always been.

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    Good points!
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    Default Re: Indiana Pacers Offseason Moves & Analysis

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    Moves so far:

    Hill signed.
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    Hibbert reported as going to be signed possibly tomorrow.
    I didn't think Hill had actually signed anything yet, and I thought the idea of Hibbert not signing the Portland offer sheet was to extend his signing as well. Both to allow us to get other FAs if possible, which likely won't really go nuts until the 14th?
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