To be fair.....it was always going to be to keep one or the other....unless some really drastic move is made and/or Granger comes VERY CHEAP....keeping BOTH Lance and Granger was never in the cards.
Also....it may suck....but it's much easier to replace Danny ( bump OJ or more than likely Solo into the rotation ) and Scola ( cuz we're looking at replacing a Backup Player ).
As for having Capspace to re-sign Hibbert to a NEAR MAX level contract.....I think that the Pacers will have more options to re-sign him to such a contract.
Keep in mind.....without taking Lance into account....the Pacers will have roughly $43 mil owed owed to 5 Players ( West/GH/PG24/Solo/Mahinmi ). Assume that Lance is owed $13.5 mil in the 2nd year of his contract ( hopefully a worst case scenario ) and the Pacers will be at $56.5 mil owed to 6 Players. I don't know what the LT will be in 2015-2016....but it won't be any worse that what it is now at $75.7 mil. That would leave roughly $20+ mil in $$$ to spend to sign 7 Players ( including Hibbert ) before hitting the LT.
Now, that may mean that the Pacers would have to sign cheap talent to fill out the bench.....but that's what Teams like the Thunder, Heat and the Spurs have to do.....build a strong core and then fill the rest of roster with cheap talent ( AKA Players on rookie contracts ) that are more "system guys".
That is how you build a long-term championship Team if you are looking at having 2/3 of your SalaryCap go to 3 to 4 Players. Sign cheap Veterans that fit your "system" and draft Players while ACTUALLY give them regular rotational minutes so that you can get regular contributions from cheap talent.
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That is why I have been harping on the notion that the Pacers can't do what the Knicks and Heat have done....mortgage their future ( trade away draft picks and young talent ) just to re-sign Lance and why I am more concerned that the price of getting under the LT exponentially gets higher after the this year's trade deadline.
I go back to the example of the Thunder and Harden....it costs them 1 season after making it to the NBA Finals...but the Thunder traded Harden in exchange for Draft picks and ( most notably ) Jeremy Lamb. Lamb is now a key Player coming off the bench. They drafted correctly and picked up Reggie Jackson. The Thunder ( if anything ) is a model for where the Pacers should be heading into......build a Starting Lineup with a top tier Talent that is paid accordingly and then fill out the rest of the roster with young but cheap talent. With the exception of Kendrick Perkins....the rest of the bench Players that play regular rotational minutes are on rookie contracts...each paid less then $2.5 mil a year.
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