The Indiana Pacers didn’t waste any time making some important decisions when the 2013 offseason began. One of the most important decisions was securing veteran team leader David West. Although nothing will be official until July 10th the deal is reportedly worth $36 million and is paid over three years with a player in option in the third year.
The team was also able to gain some support for George Hill at the point by acquiring C.J. Watson as well Donald Sloan. Watson was able to average just short of 7 points a game in addition to 2 assists while averaging 19 minutes in Brooklyn last year. Sloan only averaged just short of 13 minutes per game and was able to add 4 points and 2 assists while in Cleveland. These were definitely great acquisitions for the Pacers bench at a position that very much needed the help.
Let’s not forget our first round draft choice either, SF Solomon Hill. Although it can be assumed that his minutes will be limited with the return of Danny Granger, Hill looks to be a perfect fit for any team. A well balanced player who should add some offense and as well solid defense, I look for Hill to make his mark early and often with all the opportunities that he is given.
With all that being said where does this leave the Pacers. In a better position for sure, but for a team who fell just short of a NBA Finals appearance is it enough to give them the push they need. The depth of the team definitely improved at the point. All other positions are well covered with the exception of shooting guard and power forward. In fact, David West is it at the four.
It’s been rumored that Indiana is interested in Chris Copeland. It’s also been mentioned that Copeland shares that interest with Indiana. Another name mentioned has been Carl Landry. Landry will be meeting with LA Clippers and will likely be signing with them as he is a favorite of Chris Paul. Copeland would be a great fit here. In my limited views of his play I would say that he will accommodate our defensive strategy in addition to continuing our success on the boards.
A few things are for sure. Our spending will not go into the tax and Larry Bird is surely not finished and will do what it takes to make our team a contender.