Mar 5, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Omer Asik (3) is defended by Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls won 92-72. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Portland's max 4 year, $58 million offer to free agent Roy Hibbert is one of many reports swirling around in the first day of free agency for the Indiana Pacers, but the due diligence necessary for Kevin Pritchard and Donnie Walsh to look at all scenarios can't leave them focused on their options for Hibbert only. Eric Gordon met with the Pacers today, but the New Orleans Hornets' willingness to match a max offer on Gordon make it a difficult possibility unless Gordon can Dwight his way out of New Orleans.
Elsewhere, Mike Wells tweets that the Pacers are already looking for potential centers, starting with Chicago's Omer Asik. To say the 25-year-old Asik would be a step down from Hibbert would be an understatement, given Asik's 3 points and 5 boards in fifteen minutes of action last year. Of course, keeping an option open for Asik doesn't mean the Pacers aren't planning to follow-up on Hibbert. It just means Indiana has their eye on a 45% free throw shooter should the need arise.
Indiana has also reached out to Jamal Crawford, who himself chose Portland over Indiana just before the 2011-12 season, a fit that didn't suit Crawford. In addition, possible free agent target Steve Nash has popped up in discussions this afternoon, with the Suns expressing interest in Landry Fields in a possible sign and trade with the New York Knicks.
Free agency isn't just affecting Indiana directly, but also indirectly, with discussions currently taking place between the Nets and Hawks for All-Star guard Joe Johnson according to Adrian Wojnarowski, which could create the potential for an Eastern Conference shift should the Nets manage to retain the services of Deron Williams.