Like everyone else, I'm not terribly impressive by the recent trade that sent Darren Collison and Dahntay jones for Ian Mahimi. There are just so many things wrong with this signing the more and more we look at the needs of the team and the contract tied to Mahimi. Though more moves will have to be made at this point to finish out the roster, but this trade still has so many holes in it that it's hard for us to justify.
Although Darren Collison and Dahntay both were on their way out, they both would have contributed to the team next season if they had stayed since both filled a role on the team. The Pacers also just drafted a center in Miles Plumlee who will be a Pacer for the foreseeable future, so in terms of filling the needs of the roster, this trade simply did not accomplish that goal. Rather, we traded away two players with value to the team for a bench player whose immediate role can be similarly obtained from Plumlee. Neither Ian Mahimi and Miles Plumlee has enough agility or mobility to play the power forward position. basically, Miles and Ian will be replacing Lou Admunson and Fesenko's roles on the team. But judging by the contract we gave to Mahimi, it looks like he will be the designated first big off the bench, which won't give Plumlee much minute to justify his draft selection. In that respect this trade seems completely redundant.
At this point, the only justification for Ian Mahimi is that he provides a defensive presence once Hibbert is out of the game, which was a factor in the Heat series where Lebron and Wade's drives became near automatic without Hibbert at least fronting them. But Ian Mahimi has not had nearly enough of a track record as a player to label him as a defensive presence, and to warrant such a massive amount of money through 4 years each at 4 million. The Pacers simply are not in a market where they can take such a huge gamble on a player with so little offensive repotoir, so little track record, for such a lengthy and potentially regrettable contract. It is just mind bogling that we just drafted an unpopular center, and just when he is showing some potential in terms of post moves and ability in summer league, we traded our MOST valuable trade asset in Darren Collison for something that is reduncdant at such a heavy price, who will also take minutes away from the draft prospect who absolutely needs minutes in order to justify his draft pick. If we wanted someone like Ian mahimi, we could have just signed him outright or someone like D.J. Mbenga, it wasn't like Ian Mahimi was a top commodity this off season. If Mahimi doesn't pan out, we are completly stuck with a headache of a contract for the next 4 years, and because of the money we are giving him, how will Miles develop his game sitting on the bench for the entirety of his rookie contract? This move did not free up significant amount of money, so in that regard it did not affect our ability to sign other players like Gerald Green or anyone else in the future. The logic of this trade is simply lacking. I really hope Mahimi is as good of a defensive big as they say he can be and hopefully Miles can develop a legitimate mid range shot and a legitimate post game that we can play him at the power forward position sometime in the future.