For the rest of this season, we should continue to use Lance as a starter with Evan backing him up. Cut Lance to 30-32 mpg or the regular season and bump him up to 33-34 mpg for the playoffs. Have Evan play the remaining minutes at SG.
Next year, the point is moot. We won't be able to afford Lance unless we make some drastic moves and those that think we are going to trade George Hill should re-evaluate the situation. Hill has 3 years at $8 million per year left on his contract. All we would be able to get in return is another over payed player, and player coming off an injury or a player that is a trouble maker. We will stick with Hill for at least 2 more seasons.
The real question is who can we afford. By my calculations, we will be able to afford to offer $9 million the first year...maximum and that will limit our bench options. In reality $8 million would be a closer figure. Some of the better players available in that range should be Turner, Ariza, Granger and Vasquez. That's not a lot to choose from in my opinion.
I dont know if it would work, but I would like to see it. Evan starting and Lance coming off of the bench...The downside would be Evans defense... but lance could be loose and free off of the bench. I would like to see Lance Evan and PG end games... G Hill is worthless 50% of the time....
You'd rather have Meeks over Afflalo?! You're nuts lol. Afflalo is a good defender, can shoot just as well as Meeks AND is better off the bounce. Meeks is benefiting from D'Antoni's system. He's definitely improved, and would be great off the bench, but he's not a starter on a championship level team.
The Lost Season
three fourths of the season Hibbert is terrible. You cannot be the best rim defender when you are that bad most of the time. Take away the Miami game and he has 2 rebounds in his last 55 minutes of play. That is embarrassing. He is way overpaid, no way is he an all star and I am sick of hearing all the excuses as to why he has the problems he has. He is popular with some of the fans and those fans are just plain blind to what he does on the floor.
I like Roy and hope he stays a Pacer for a while.
The Paul show is shooting 38 percent in the month of March.
After tonights game I am leaning to Lance. Definitely brought some fire. Still lots of mistakes but he should learn as he matures.
It's Lance or bust, there is no way the Pacers settle for Turner if Lance leaves. Bird knows Lance and George are the best players and it would be smart to build around them instead of Hibbert.
It may be time to start looking forward to the future, West is getting older and Hibbert is too inconsistent. Hibbert's not going anywhere anytime soon but that doesn't mean the Pacers can't look around.