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Take a nice, deep breath everybody

It seems like many Cornrowers are getting worked up over the lack of big signings on the Pacers' part. I'd like to remind everyone that from day one, they have told us time and again their goal was to bring back the starting five, which means re-signing Hill and Hibbert. Half of that job is done, and despite Hibbert getting a huge contract offer that we'd have to match (but is a congruent amount to what other productive centers have commanded), completing the other half of their main offseason objective is within reach. Many of you don't seem confident with the front office cause they haven't gotten a star player yet, but the only star level player interested in Indy, EJ, is getting offered the max, which I'm sure many of us agree, is a dangerous contract for someone with his injury history. Teams with no other alternatives can shoot for the fences like that because what other option does a team like Phoenix have? The Pacers, thankfully, are well situated and will compete with or without EJ. We've gotten to this point by NOT making that kind of signing. The under-the-radar, financially responsible signing of David West being a great example.

Many of us seem to except the Pacers to fix EVERY problem they have in the first 3 days of free agency, but it's important to remember that every freaking team has a weakness. The Heat dont have a legit post player, same with the Thunder. The Bulls can't hit a jump shot. The Celtics are old and have a shallow bench. And our beloved Pacers don't have a go-to star or consistent bench. The easiest thing for us to shore up is the bench (which is really what did us against the Heat), and that's what they've said they are going to do all along. That doesn't mean signing Steve Nash or Eric Gordon, which it seems everyone on this site has gotten themselves worked into a tizzy with this unfounded expectation. It means signing guys like Courtney Lee and Ian Mahinmi because a team like the Pacers is going to win by having solid players 1-10.

So stop looking at Twitter for a few minutes and enjoy the fact we aren't the Suns, Rockets, Raptors, or Magic because we have a prudent front office. Patience has gotten the Pacers to this position, and it will be the reason we get to the next level.

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