After a long night, waiting on the Indiana Pacers to make some noise on draft night, the promise of the team's late second round pick lingered, until Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of Indiana's selection:
New York has acquired the 57th pick from Indiana, source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
Whoever was on Indiana's board must've been long gone, and the team's front office must've saw no incentive or desire to move up, instead of deciding to pawn off their 57th pick to the New York Knicks. It's a frustrating move for Pacers fans who did dedicate their evening to the NBA Draft, but it was expected to be a quiet night, it just happened to be a much quieter night than even the fourth to last pick of the draft anticipated it being.
Larry Bird suggested as much to open his post-draft presser:
Larry Bird's first words in the post-draft press conference: "That was a waste of two weeks."— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) June 27, 2014
Indeed it was, Larry, indeed it was. The Pacers opted to jump out of the draft for the extra financial flexibility that will allow them to work through the contract for Lance Stephenson, which in the end, is something the Pacers justifiably find much more important than Louis Laberiye, a French product who the Knicks chose with the pick.
Things will move forward not only with Stephenson and the rest of NBA Free Agency, but with Indiana's Summer League squad, which will begin play on Saturday, July 5th in Orlando.