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Summer League Interview with Larry Bird: What did we Learn?

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

[From the FanPosts, C2975 shares the noteworthy topics Larry Bird discussed during a Summer League interview. - TL]

1. Danny Granger is not going to be traded this summer. Bird made it abundantly clear that he thinks Granger still fits quite nicely on the team despite the emergence of budding superstar, Paul George. He went on to state that the team's goal is to acquire as much talent as possible and he is more than satisfied with keeping Granger on board.

2. Bird has been most impressed with Solomon Hill thus far in Summer League play. He described Hill as tough. He also noted that Solomon always seems to make the right play and went on to say that if he continues to improve he could be playing big minutes after the all-star break next season.

3. The Pacers top goal is to add to their established nucleus and strengthen their bench. Bird noted that the weak bench production was a major contributing factor to the Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat as well as lack of overall experience.

After watching the interview with Bird, the questions still remains on whether or not the Pacers will look to add any additional talent or bench players yet this Summer. It is notable that the Kings are currently looking to trade Jimmer Fredette in order to create cap room to sign Monta Ellis outright. Would the Pacers be willing to give up assets or picks to acquire Jimmer? Should they? What is the bigger need a stretch 3 point shooter or a back-up power forward? It could be that Bird and the Pacers are hoping that Watson, Copeland, Plumlee, Johnson, and Solomon Hill solve the bench problem and remove the need to sign any additional players. What are everyone's thoughts?

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