Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  18 responses

Pacers Looking Forward to Free Agency Next Season

Team Prez Larry Bird will have just over $30 million to spend on free agents next summer, and he tells the Boston Globe that he’ll be a careful shopper (assuming there isn’t a lockout, of course): “Now that ‘The Decision’ is done and the five teams that maneuvered salary cap space the past few years to attract premium free agents have nearly finished retooling, Pacers president Larry Bird can prepare for next summer, when his club will be nearly $33 million under the cap … Bird has waited for his turn to make a splash, realizing that teams are built on free agency just as much as through the draft these days. The Pacers want back in this game, and next summer Bird wants to make Indiana matter again. ‘It’s been a while since we’ve been in the playoffs but what I’m trying to do is get a core of young guys to move this franchise forward,’ he said. ‘After next year we’ll be around $30 million and hopefully we can build it from there. Our goal right now is to give these young players experience and see what happens in the collective bargaining agreement … Obviously, there’s a lot going on, and a lot of players want to get their deals done before the collective bargaining agreement,’ Bird said. ‘We’re hoping the salaries come down, but you never know. We’ve got a lot of expiring contracts and we’re going to look at everything [next] summer.’”

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  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Who are they really going to get though? That team is just confusing to look at, because on paper they should be decent.

  • twinparadox

    BETCATS just ask LeBron…seems to know everything these days

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Bet, probably on offense they’re decent, but with their lineup they won’t be able to guard anybody

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Did they ever make a Pacers ‘starting 5′ tee?

    Mike Dunleavy&
    Josh McRoberts&
    Jeff Foster&
    Troy Murphy&
    Tyler Hansbrough

  • k

    It’s going to be a disaster if he gets to spend that money. Probably re-up on Mike Dunleavy Jr. if he manages to play in 65 games this year and ink Hansbrough to an extension the day before the trade deadline and then hunker down while the reports come out over the ensuing 24 hours that they’re going to lose Murphy for nothing next summer because of the laughable demands he made about the return for him.

  • MikeC.

    Who is a realistic FA target for the Pacers? I haven’t really had them on my radar since the Knicks-Pacers rivalry died off with the Ewing trade. What’s going on in Indy nowadays? It looks like they’re in a competition with the cRaptors so see who can field an all-vanilla gorilla lineup first.

  • BobD

    Looks like Larry will be able to succeed in his dream of building an all white NBA team now.

  • cece a

    they’re too white


    Looks like Isiah Thomas will be eyeing Indiana next summer.

  • k

    Exactly, MikeC. They just keep talking about all the cap room they’re going to have, and making a “splash,” but who is even out there that they can realistically spend that money on? Carmelo? He’s the BEST PLAYER in the WHOLE CLASS, he can go ANYWHERE, you think he’s going to pick Indiana? Tony Parker? Is Eva going to get excited to move to the sticks? Yao? Please. (Local Boy) Zach Randolph? Yeah, that’ll go over really well with the holier-than-thou fans there. Do they throw a gigantic deal at the injury nightmare that is Michael Redd? This just doesn’t get thought out properly before it’s spouted. Most of that money will probably just go to dramatically overpaying for Jason Richardson and whatever they have left will go to dramatically overpaying for Mike Conley. And then they’ll tell the fans it’s raining.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Larry Bird should look over his sholder because David Stern is head hunting small market teams with finacial troubles. Stern wants a new “Mall of America” style arena for the Pacers to play in but the city wont pay for it. Pacers, or even the Kings, could become the next Sonics. Las Vegas wants a team.

  • IndyB

    The Pacers seem to be banking on internal improvements from thier core of Hibbert, Granger, Rush, George, Stephenson, McRoberts, Hansbro, and AJ Price and a Point Guard from next years draft. Maybe take guys with existing contracts off of the hands of other teams trying to get under a new lower cap number with the new CBA. I hope Bird isn’t looking purely at Free Agency as the only reason to have capspace.

    @ LDR4. There is NOTHING wrong with Conseco Fieldhouse it is a beautiful arena and once there is something good to come and watch it will be full again.

  • rainman10

    The Pacers are too white? Kevin Love is too white. They could have made the playoffs last year if they were healthy. Lance Stephenson is a future all-star and will end up playing a lot of PG for the Pacers this year. They will be fighting for 3rd in the central division.

  • ConeyIslander

    Lance Stephenson, you’ll better get familiar!

  • total scrotal implosion

    Granger is a beast. That is all.

  • http://Slamonline.com Pippin Ain’t Easy

    “Born Ready” should prove to be a steal

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    @Indy8 I never said there was anything wrong with the Fieldhouse. It is Stern that has a problem. There was nothing wrong with Key Arena, they even improved it, but the Sonics don’t play there anymore. The Sonics dont exist. Stern does not care.

  • horsey

    las vegas deserves a team. that is all.