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  • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

    It depends how Carlisle is going to use Sabo, Pacers could play with two bigs that can handle the ball and pass.
    So, the Twin Towers approach?

    Name-calling signature removed


    • Originally posted by Banta View Post

      So, the Twin Towers approach?
      Not every big is a Tower...not every Tower is a twin.


      • Originally posted by Ozys Nepimpis View Post

        Not every big is a Tower...not every Tower is a twin.
        A rose by any other name is still a rose.


        • Originally posted by CableKC View Post
          The reward for acquiring Simmons is likely higher. The risk is a lot higher given the much higher cost to acquire him, while ignoring that we'd likely have to gut the roster to acquire him by beating an offer involving Lillard ( which is safe to say will be on the table soon from the Blazers ).

          Lonzo isn't quite the Player that Simmons is. I know that Simmons overall is clearly the better Player. Maybe it's better to just refer to Lonzo as Simmons-Lite with a way better 3pt shot and not horrific at the FT line. The reward won't be a high, but the risk won't be as high given that the cost will likely be far less to acquire him in a S&T.

          In the end, both will fit a need. Both will provide solid defense at his position. Both can run the offense at a faster pace and is more than a capable floor general.The key difference is the cost to acquire either Player and not having a shell of a roster to surround Simmons and whoever is left.
          Is Lonzo supposed to be a good defender? With him and Brogdon out front and Sabonis providing interior defense my eyes may start bleeding. I would much rather have Simmons



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            Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) dunks against Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Indianapolis.

            FOR SUBSCRIBERSDoyel: Pacers want to win now, anyone can be traded, and anything (Ben Simmons?) can happen

            GREGG DOYEL | Indianapolis Star
            19 hours ago

            INDIANAPOLIS – Ben Simmons is interesting. He’s playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, for now. Can’t shoot, but he’s 6-11 and frighteningly athletic and a beautiful passer and one of the best defenders in the NBA. The 76ers are trying to trade him, apparently. Ben Simmons to the Indiana Pacers? That would be interesting.

            A rattlesnake is interesting, too. Nearly 7 feet of coiled muscle, with something that sounds like a child’s toy at one end and deadly fangs at the other. Rattlesnakes are very interesting. Doesn’t mean you want one on your kitchen floor.

            That’s how some of you feel about Ben Simmons. No, not the fangs. But some of you don’t want him on the floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Not playing for the home team, anyway. Some of you are experts. Some of you, to me, are interesting. Read into that anything you like.

            We are entering the NBA’s silly season, when great players can get traded and Solomon Hill can get $48 million and the news comes fast and the rumors come faster and it’s fun in the way those spinning rides at the state fair are fun until you’ve thrown up all over yourself.

            Some NBA team will throw up all over itself this offseason. It could trade away Damian Lillard, for example. It could sign Solomon Hill for another $48 million. It could miss the chance to add Ben Simmons.

            Where are the Pacers, in all of this? Where they usually are, somewhere in the middle, trying to get better, hoping not to throw up all over themselves.
            Ben Simmons, Dame Lillard rumors

            Name an NBA team with a more delicate, a more difficult offseason than the Pacers.

            Trading Dame Lillard or Ben Simmons? That’s not delicate, or even difficult. Portland knows what it has in Lillard, in the same way Philadelphia knows Simmons. Teams around the league know what those players are, too. You make the trade, or you don’t. Either way, you have a pretty good idea what the result will be.

            Try being the Pacers, with a starting five that looks wonderful on paper but because of injuries and other health matters has never played one minute together. Do they keep that five, that backcourt of Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert and that frontcourt of Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner and T.J. Warren, and hope injuries don’t ruin another season?

            Try being the Pacers, with two pure centers in an NBA moving away from the position, wanting on the one hand to evolve into a more modern-day approach but knowing, on the other hand, that young talent like Sabonis and Turner doesn’t come this way very often. Do the Pacers really trade one of those guys?

            Try being the Pacers and answering those questions, right now, with a new coach in Rick Carlisle who has seen almost everything in his 19 NBA seasons in charge, but hasn’t seen this roster as its coach.

            The ride hasn’t even started yet, but can you feel that? It’s the queasiness. It’s starting.

            Doyel: Did Rick Carlisle just say Pacers are close to title contention?!

            And the rumors aren’t helping, the murkiness being accepted as fact because someone said it somewhere on Twitter, and now it’s being accepted as truth that Dame Lillard will ask Portland for a trade and the Indiana Pacers did offer Malcolm Brogdon and the No. 13 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to the 76ers for Ben Simmons, and everyone is using those “facts” as a foundation.

            This is how #fakenews happens. People are just too damn gullible for their own good. The gullible never see it that way – surely he doesn’t mean me – but Lillard has repeatedly said “it’s not true” that he has already decided to ask out of Portland, and Pacers sources tell IndyStar insider J. Michael they didn’t make that offer for Simmons, and none of the handful of national, believable, they’re-connected-and-always-right NBA reporters has confirmed the Pacers’ offer of Brogdon for Simmons.

            That’s not fun, though. More fun to believe everything we read, especially as it relates to Ben Simmons and the Pacers. Because Ben Simmons is interesting.

            So are those spinning rides at the fair. Until, you know.
            Seriously: Ben Simmons, a Pacer?

            Here’s the thing: The Pacers are open for business. They are trying to get better. They didn’t hire Rick Carlisle, a no-nonsense, 61-year-old with an NBA championship on his coaching resume, to win down the road. Pacers owner Herb Simon is 86. You think he’s open to anything like “The Process,” that long, slow build they tried in Philadelphia?

            Herb Simon is open for business. Here’s the way it’s been explained to me, by someone in the Pacers’ organization who’d know exactly what the franchise is thinking:

            Don’t rule anything out.

            In other words, there isn’t a player on roster who wouldn’t be used in a deal to make this team better. There isn’t an asset in the franchise coffers – like, the No. 13 overall pick in the draft – that is untouchable. Pacers President Kevin Pritchard and Rick Carlisle are treating this moment as if it’s their last shot, and in both of their cases, they’re probably right. Carlisle is 61, as I’ve said. Pritchard is younger at 54, but this is his second chance at running an NBA franchise. Odds aren’t great he’d get a third.

            More Doyel: Rick Carlisle's $29M contract says Pacers want to win right now

            This is their moment, and they know it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this offseason. Could be next offseason. Could be a little now, a little later. Could be something seismic in the coming weeks.

            Could be Ben Simmons.

            Hey, it could. The 76ers are clearly entertaining the idea of trading him. The Pacers are open for business, but so are a lot of teams. Best offer wins, and the Pacers have enough pieces – including Brogdon, yes, and/or anyone else in the starting five, and/or the No. 13 pick – to make a good one. Assuming they want Simmons at all.

            Interesting topic. Simmons has career averages of 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists, and is a career 56% shooter from the floor. He’s a three-time NBA All-Star and has made the NBA’s All-Defensive first team each of the past two seasons.

            On the other hand.

            Simmons has made exactly five 3-pointers in 275 career NBA games, and while his 59.7% career free-throw accuracy isn’t much to look at, it’s a damn sight prettier than the 34.2% he shot from the line in the 2021 NBA Playoffs (25-for-73).

            Simmons, who turns 25 on Tuesday, has been in the league long enough to suggest he’s not ever going to be Batman on an NBA contender. Might not even be Robin. You’ve seen the Pacers’ starting five, right? It’s a conglomeration of really good players who would benefit – duh – from having a Superman like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, or Devin Booker or Giannis Antetokounmpo. But in lieu of that, and since Reggie Miller there’s been nothing but lieu around here, the Pacers have the makings of a strong core. Five fingers forming a fist and all that.

            Do you see Simmons as a thumb on that fist, or a rattlesnake on that floor? You have opinions, and so do I. First, and maybe this shouldn’t matter, but I’m saying it: Ben Simmons is someone I’d pay to watch. He’s unique, and I’m talking about NBA history. He’s bigger than LeBron, just as fast and skilled, almost as explosive. He just can’t shoot. But everything else he does is off-the-charts. Surely, with the right supporting cast, he’s a difference-maker.

            Do the Pacers have that cast? Imagine Simmons breaking down defenses and kicking the ball to 3-point shooters like LeVert, Warren and Turner, then teaming on the defensive end with one of the best rim protectors in the league (Turner). Imagine Simmons and another skilled 6-11 giant, Sabonis, playing off each other on offense. Unless Simmons gets traded for Sabonis or Turner. Or LeVert or Warren. Or (yes, most likely) Brogdon.

            More Doyel: Whereas Myles Turner is a special player, and Indianapolis a special city

            Not my call, but the Pacers have a starting five that hasn’t played together and a team president, coach and owner knowing this is their moment. They don’t have to do anything this offseason, no – but if doing nothing is their ultimate move, pass the Pepto. Because someone’s about to be sick.


            • Carlisle said the quickest way for a team to get better is through defense
              I think the Pacers are serious players for Simmons who provides defense
              like few others


              • Anybody in PD can write a better article than Doyel and that includes people like me where English is our 3rd language.

                Indystar is not hiring the best.
                @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


                • Originally posted by vnzla81
                  It depends how Carlisle is going to use Sabo, Pacers could play with two bigs that can handle the ball and pass.
                  Originally posted by Banta View Post
                  So, the Twin Towers approach?
                  What's worse is that at least with Myles, he was a decent floor spacer while Sabonis was the guy inside the paint.

                  Simmons is a non-existent 3pt shooter. That would mean that Sabonis is the floor spacer on the offensive end or Simmons would be the guy that would have to operate outside of the paint.

                  Defensively, Simmons and Sabonis would probably work as well as Myles and Sabonis. But offensively? It would be a very odd fit.

                  JMHO, but I still don't see Herb signing off on sending multiple 1st round picks and at least 2 Starters to the Sixers to trade for Simmons. This seems like a way too expensive "Swing for the fences" type of move that would be very costly that I can see him balking at.
                  Last edited by CableKC; 07-20-2021, 12:28 PM.
                  Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.


                  • Originally posted by owl View Post

                    Is Lonzo supposed to be a good defender? With him and Brogdon out front and Sabonis providing interior defense my eyes may start bleeding. I would much rather have Simmons
                    I don't think that he's as good as Simmons ( who I think is supposed to be a top tier defender ), but I think that Lonzo considered to be a "slightly above average to above average" defender at the Guard position. No matter what, he's not as bad as Brogdon is when it comes to defending quicker guards.
                    Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.


                    • Originally posted by owl View Post

                      Is Lonzo supposed to be a good defender? With him and Brogdon out front and Sabonis providing interior defense my eyes may start bleeding. I would much rather have Simmons
                      He is. Lonzo is able to stay in front of his man and can be counted on to stop or slow down dribble penetration, he's long and gets more steals than anyone on this team not named TJ MCConnell, infact rated 13th in steals last year. at 1.5 compared to Simmons' 1.6. He's a defensive upgrade immediately.

                      At half the price of a Simmons, where getting him won't cost us half our starters, with an outside shot that's improved dramatically, I'll take Lonzo in all honesty.


                      • Originally posted by CableKC View Post
                        I don't think that he's as good as Simmons ( who I think is supposed to be a top tier defender ), but I think that Lonzo considered to be a "slightly above average to above average" defender at the Guard position. No matter what, he's not as bad as Brogdon is when it comes to defending quicker guards.
                        Looks like Lonzo's weakness defensively is those quicker guards as well.

                        Draft Davion and that'll solve that problem


                        • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                          Anybody in PD can write a better article than Doyel and that includes people like me where English is our 3rd language.

                          Indystar is not hiring the best.
                          What is your second language? (assuming Spanish is first)
                          "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference


                          • Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post

                            What is your second language? (assuming Spanish is first)
                            Portuguese even though my writing sucks because is very hard not to mix Spanish with Portuguese.

                            I need to practice more though that's the goal.
                            @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


                            • Ben Simmons price just went up, good luck in finding another 6’10” guy that can stay in front of Giannis for the next decade or so.

                              @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


                              • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                                Ben Simmons price just went up, good luck in finding another 6’10” guy that can stay in front of Giannis for the next decade or so.
                                I was actually going to joke that Thad Young’s price just went up seeing as how much his defending of Giannis got written about a few years ago lol
                                I think KP is a Captain Planet fan. He believes that the collective will of five decent starters can outweigh the power of top-level talent. Too bad Herb won't cut the check for their Planeteer rings.