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Lance Stephenson too expensive? Pacers back-up plan


With Lance raising his potential offseason price tag with every game he plays the Pacers MAY be forced, as Larry Bird has stated, to look elsewhere in the offseason for a starting wing. Staying below the tax threshold is basically a must. If they plan on the player starting, they must be at least somewhat defensive minded or capable, as it's hard to imagine such a defensive centered team like the Pacers starting a wing player known as a pure shooter or scorer. Player style and team chemistry must also be considered. So let's analyze the upcoming free agent class, keeping in mind Coach Vogel has stated that in their system they play two wing players as opposed to strictly a SG and SF. Therefore we'll consider all SG's and SF's as well as PG's in the possible but unlikely scenario where they would move George Hill to SG. Let's start by eliminating players either too expensive or restricted FA's, as Bird has stated they don't go after other team's restricted players as it's not Simon's style. After eliminating players that are restricted, are purely offensive weapons, too expensive, or have a style or personality that clearly doesn't fit the Pacers, there is only a small list of potential starting wings or PG's. The SG's that remain are R. Allen(staying with heat or retiring), Nick Young(chucker that definitely doesn't fit system), Vince Carter(37yo), B. Gordon, A. Morrow, J. Meeks & M. Brooks are strictly offensive weapons w/o defensive ability to start for us and Thabo Sefolosha is a very offensively limited yet good defender. For SF's there's Shawn Marion, Kirllenko, T. Ariza, C. Butler, Al-Farouq Aminu, Marvin Williams, and lastly our own Danny Granger. Everyone except Granger has serious issues either being of advanced age and well past their prime or a drastic downgrade in offensive ability from Lance. Rodney Stuckey is a 6-5 combo guard that may be a decent fit, most likely at SG/wing and possibly PG, but clearly Granger makes far and away the most sense. Still easing back from injury and a reduced workload should put him within our price rage, team chemistry is not a concern, he wants to remain a Pacer, has accepted he's not the lead dog anymore, we all know his resume and what he's capable of when healthy, and he's still only 30. Here's a link to the upcoming free agent class, can you find a better fit than Danny?

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