The NBA free agent frenzy is rolling down the tracks as of midnight so hang on to hear the Indiana Pacers linked with all kinds of rumors about potential player additions. So far the rumors have appeared far fetched with Tony Allen and Chase Budinger mentioned as potential help for the bench.
Combine that with the transactions page at RealGM that indicates the Pacers made a qualifying offer to Tyler Hansbrough and suddenly the available cap space gets tight.
Given the Pacers tight cap/tax situation, this seems like an unnecessary risk. pic.twitter.com/pkK6FGfbIO— Tim Donahue (@TimDonahue8p9s) July 1, 2013
Yesterday was the deadline for the team to make qualifying offers to both Hansbrough's and Jeff Pendergraph but they were not expected to announce their decisions. Also, the Pacers surely picked up Lance Stephenson's cap friendly ($930,000) option. There's also the issue of how much cap space David West will eat up, so cap speculation remains dangerous.
The Hansbrough QO news is a bit of a head-scratcher just because Hansbrough himself sounded like he was ready to move on and find a better opportunity to start with another team. The Pacers do need a back up power forward, so Hansbrough at his qualifying number of about $4.2 million wouldn't be the worst thing, but then the Pacers would have to focus what is left of the cap on a backup point guard.
Seems like the most plausible way to bring in another wing player at this point would be to execute a trade that moved someone like Gerald Green off the books. Now that would be a fancy move.
Regardless, the news is moving fast today so use the comments to add any news as it continues to roll out. Meanwhile, check out the links: