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Dream Pacers offseason

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  • #16
    Originally posted by Jon Theodore View Post
    It's not my dream offseason, but it's what is going to happen.

    I bet you they resign Matthews as well.
    If you're not posting about your dream off-season then I'm sorry to say it but you're out of topic. The topic of this thread isn't what's going to happen. It's our dream off-season.
    Originally posted by IrishPacer
    Empty vessels make the most noise.


    • #17
      Originally posted by Nuntius View Post

      Besides the fact that it's about a dream off-season which means that we're posting about the best possible scenario, there are some other reasons why. NOLA could want to shift towards tanking after they trade away AD. As for Orlando, they have Jonathan Isaac that they love but is more natural at PF than he is at SF. So, that could give them the reason to move on from Gordon. We're obviously talking about best case scenarios but I can see his reasoning.
      Jrue is definitely gettable, there’s only so many teams that would want to take on that contract and NOLA will be tearing it down.

      Gordon is the tougher get. His contract is pretty reasonable and it’s one of those declining contracts.

      Maybe the better question would be if a Jrue Holiday/Aaron Gordon offseason would be worth trading Sabonis for? We have the asset we need to make stuff happen but ideally you’d want to avoid that route.

      Last edited by Infinite MAN_force; 02-13-2019, 03:02 PM.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Nuntius View Post

        If you're not posting about your dream off-season then I'm sorry to say it but you're out of topic. The topic of this thread isn't what's going to happen. It's our dream off-season.
        It's a little bit of both. I wanted to make the dream offseason in the confines of what the Pacers might possibly do.

        The Pacers were reported at looking at Middleton just last week though. There isn't room cap wise or starting lineup wise for all of Bogdanovic, Middleton, and Thad so clearly those two are not 100% coming back to the team, even if that is the most likely scenario.


        • #19
          Lots of potential ways to go this off-season. First, I'd definitely let DC, CoJo, and Tyreke walk. Holiday and Sumner should step into the backup roles next season, and if the fit is good the rest of the way and he's willing to stay on a very team-friendly deal, Matthews seems like a good guy to keep on the bench as well.

          I'd love to see the Myles and Domas frontcourt duo become the plan. But if it's not going to work or if Nate refuses to do it, then I'd be in favor of going for Tobias Harris. I also really like the idea of trading for Aaron Gordon. I wanted to give him an offer sheet last off-season, and with the contract he has, he'd still be a great get.

          I'm on board with keeping Bogey. If Matthews works out, and McDermott ever finds consistency, and Alize can come up from Ft. Wayne, that's pretty good depth on the wing.

          Thad is the real sticking point. Thad is a role player extraordinaire. His defense, hustle, leadership, and consistency have all been invaluable to this team. He's a captain, and he's a first class citizen. But he's not elite. And he's not going to suddenly reach an elite level - he is absolutely the best he's gonna get. And as much as I like him, as much as I think he's a winning player who I'd like to keep in our locker room, I also don't think we're going to get past the elite teams with Thad as our starting PF. So, if he wants to stay, I'll be happy to have him - but I want him moving to the bench, and I want a contract that reflects that. I don't care if it's a 5-year contract, as long as the $/year is low enough that we can make moves around it. The other major concern with keeping Thad, is that unless KP comes down and says "Thad is moving to the second unit" (which he won't do), Nate will continue to start him.

          Now, Thad could be a starter on a contender, if he's the fifth best starter. Vic is our best player. Bogey is having his best year and has become a high-level player, but ideally he's your third-best starter. Myles may have finally turned a corner and put things together, and he may even have more room to grow - but as we've seen, it'll be on his own schedule - and he's another guy probably suited to be about your third-best starter. That means we'd need an absolutely top-notch point guard added, continued improvement from Myles (to an All Star level), and continued excellence from Bogey.

          Could all of that happen? Sure. But if you're looking at this on a longer-term plan, especially if you're banking on Myles to improve further, and banking on Vic coming back at his previous All-NBA level at some point, you have to look at the likelihood that Bogey and Thad are both at their peak, and they might both start slipping, as soon as next year, so you've got to take that into consideration.

          I'm not sure how the money is all going to work out, so rather than try to detail the exact lineup or anything, I'll just give my list of guys and a general philosophy for me.

          D'Lo Russell
          A. Gordon
          Tobi Harris
          Klay (with apologies to Rule #1)
          Middleton (doesn't thrill me much actually)

          I'd also look to be a third team in any potential Anthony Davis deal. I have a suspicion that Ingram is going to finally break out after leaving LA, but it's just a hunch. But in general, my philosophy would be to first look for guys who fit between Vic and Myles in age, and can match that level of production, or exceed it. Kemba is on the upper end of the age range, but I see him as the most obtainable, if he's going to leave Charlotte. If Kemba is indeed an option, the window shifts to a more immediate timeline and thus keeping guys like Thad and Bogey makes a little more sense, but I'd want to keep it to shorter contracts. If you're able to get a guy like Aaron Gordon, or even Bradley Beal, you have a few years to build and try to win since their ages match better and they're obviously All Star level guys. I don't think Jrue is going to come cheap, unless he asks to be moved out of NOLA as well. Unfortunately, since Jrue is not quite elite (very, very good though), I'd be inclined to let Thad go in pursuit of another PF. Ultimately, I view the guys we have (Vic, Myles, Sabonis) as less than elite players, which in my mind means we have to fill the team with guys of a similar level, or better. I also really like our young guys to fill out the bench, with a Wesley Matthews/Kyle O'Quinn veteran presence. So I'd look to sign guys at the PG and PF positions that are a level above Bogey and Myles, closer to the level of Oladipo. Easier said than done, and of course there's the matter of "free agents never sign in Indy." But overall, that's my thought process, and landing two of the guys on that list would be a dream summer.
          It's a new day for Pacers Basketball.


          • #20
            Thad has been the good soldier but this team needs to move on if we intend to be better than a perpetual 4th/5th seed. We need more out of that position.

            I’m a fan of either finding an upgrade or rolling with the Turner/Sabonis 2 big lineup instead of simply committing to mediocrity.
            "As a bearded man, i was very disappointed in Love. I am gathering other bearded men to discuss the status of Kevin Love's beard. I am motioning that it must be shaved."

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Cubs231721 View Post

              It's a little bit of both. I wanted to make the dream offseason in the confines of what the Pacers might possibly do.

              The Pacers were reported at looking at Middleton just last week though. There isn't room cap wise or starting lineup wise for all of Bogdanovic, Middleton, and Thad so clearly those two are not 100% coming back to the team, even if that is the most likely scenario.
              I’d be a fan of picking up Middleton I just don’t see any way Milwaukee lets him walk. I also think you’d have to give him the max and he’d be overpayed at that money anyway.

              Its just really tough to improve in free agency.
              "As a bearded man, i was very disappointed in Love. I am gathering other bearded men to discuss the status of Kevin Love's beard. I am motioning that it must be shaved."

              - ilive4sports


              • #22
                Turner has improved a lot and Bogie is playing well, but this is regular season. How will they fair in the playoff atmosphere?

                Will Nate ever play Turner and Sabonis together for more than 5-6 mpg? If he does, how will they do?

                It's tough to speculate until we have answers to these questions.

                I read an article early in the season that speculated the Pacers going after Brogdon in the summer. That may be an interesting move.

                One thing I do know is that standing pat is not the answer. We need some kind of upgrade, most likely at PF or PG...or find a SG that can handle the ball (like Beal) and roll with him and Vic in the back court.
                Last edited by sav; 02-13-2019, 03:57 PM.


                • #23
                  Dream scenario would be to sign Tobias Harris and still bring back Thad if possible.

                  I’m open to dealing Sabonis now too for an upgrade somewhere. It would have to be a huge return though. All star level player only.


                  • #24
                    My dream off-season:
                    #1: Get an extension done for Domantas Sabonis, hopefully like Myles we can get a "team deal" done with a little bit of a discount for the future. After next season is when I expect us to 100% know if our bigs can play/succeed together.
                    #2: Trade for Jrue Holiday. The package I'd put together wouldn't be 2 x 1st Round Picks with no outgoing salary as we will have cap to absorb him.
                    #3: Bring back Bogdanovic for around $14-15mil a year for 3years (player option to maybe get a discount out of him)
                    #4: Trade McDermott away for a little cap relief to re-sign Thad at around $12mil for 3 years.
                    #5: This should put us around the $102mil mark (With Monta on the books), I would try bring back Wesley Matthews at around that $2.5mil mark again ad our back-up wing & try for a Robin Lopez as our 3rd big man, I do like the idea of a good 3rd big I'm not sure O'Quinn would come back, but awesome if he did. Another vet PG maybe a Jameer Nelson or someone like that to round out the roster & Vince Carter haha

                    C. Turner/Sabonis/Lopez or O'Quinn
                    PF. Young/Leaf/Johnson
                    SF. Bogdanovic/Matthews/Carter
                    SG. Oladipo/Sumner
                    PG. Holiday/Holiday/Vet PG

                    Hopefully see a small decline in Young's minutes as Sabonis' go up.


                    • #25
                      Trade McDermott away for a little cap relief to re-sign Thad at around $12mil for 3 years.
                      Not a bad idea actually.

                      You don’t need to spend 7 million a year for a one dimensional shooter.


                      • #26
                        Not really answering the OP question here...

                        I think the most desirable players Pacers have are Sabonis, Bogie and Young in that order. Sabonis could certainly be the centerpiece of a deal to bring in a substantial talent but his low salary makes dealing difficult.

                        Now I LOVE Sabonis but if trading him could bring about a Pacers team with more balanced top tier talent then I would be fine with it.

                        Also, I reject the OP ground rules. Dream offseason for me is bringing in Kyrie and Durant while retaining Myles, Bogie, Vic, Holiday, Young and CoJo.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Cubs231721 View Post
                          What is your Pacers dream offseason? I'm putting the following rules on it. You can't sign KD, Kyrie, Kawhi, or Klay. Everybody else is available, but you have to sign them at the high end of their projected market value. You also can't make Holiday the starting point guard this offseason. If the Pacers don't trust him to get consistent minutes now, they aren't going to trust him to be the starter on a contending team next year.

                          Here's my best shot at it. Sign Kemba for 4 years at max. That should leave just enough money to re-sign Bogdanovic since his early Bird rights allow the Pacers to go up to 18.375 million as a starting salary. Re-sign O'Quinn to the room exception once again. There is no money for Thad, Collison, or Joseph, so they all have to go in this scenario. That would leave:


                          That's a thin lineup, but chasing an upgrade is going to force the team to make some tough choices. Is this team better than just staying over the cap and bringing the same team back? My sense is in the long-term yes, but maybe not next year.
                          I do really like this scenario, what I'd look at doing is moving McDermott to a team that can better utilize him. I would bring back Wesley Matthews hopefully at the vet minimum of $2.5mil again if he enjoys the time with the team.
                          Obviously $5mil is likely to get us Young, Collison or CoJo back, but we could probably get another vet or in at that money at hopefully either of big man spots. A guy like Markieff Morris who might want to prove something this season. Not too mention our 2019 draft pick & still have Alize Johnson on the roster.

                          PG. Walker/Holiday
                          SG. Oladipo/Matthews/Sumner
                          SF. Bogdanovic/Mathews
                          PF. Sabonis/Morris/Leaf
                          C. Turner/Sabonis/O'Quinn
                          Last edited by festar35; 02-14-2019, 06:03 AM.


                          • #28

                            Sign: (use McDermott as a potential sign-and-trade for any of these, the advance stats love Mcdermott so I'm betting we could flip him for something)
                            Kemba Walker or De'Angelo Russell
                            Danny Green
                            Jake Layman

                            PG: Walker(Russell)/Holiday
                            SG: Oladipo/Green/Sumner
                            SF: Bogdanovic/Layman
                            PF: Sabonis/Leaf
                            C: Turner/O'Quinn


                            • #29
                              Coming off a 50-win season, the Pacers advance to the second round and earn a lot of respect. During Free Agency, they go after Kemba Walker with their best shot and convince him to sign. They've been thirsty for him the past couple of seasons anyway so I don't think there is anyway they don't make a serious run at him. This will mean the end of the brief Corey Joseph/Darren Collision era. They'll need to renounce those 2 and Tyreke to create the cap space needed to make a Max offer.

                              Re-signing Thad is an easy decision and he probably won't command more than 15 million or so. If they have any chance at signing Tobias Harris, they have to take it. I love how Bogey has played but he doesn't rebound or pass as well as Tobi. Didn't Tobi play with the Magic during Vic's rookie season? That could be a plus in their favor.

                              Jimmy Butler would be the next player I would target if Harris isn't interested. If he's not interested, re-signing Bogey is the right way to go.
                              Last edited by naptownmenace; 02-13-2019, 07:36 PM.


                              • #30
                                My dream is to get heavily involved in a New Orleans, Boston trade. I want to land Jrue Holiday and Jaylen Brown, with Domas being the biggest piece going out, I’m not going to work out all the details of the trade.

                                A Jrue, Vic, Jaylen, Thad, Myles starting lineup is absolutely filthy defensively, like all-time level greatness.

                                The 2nd unit would be the young guys leftover from the trade, with Dougie, and another vet or two. Hopefully after a full offseason we can figure out how to use him.