In an effort to gather as much cap space as possible, the Indiana Pacers cut loose Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen making them unrestricted free agents. If the Pacers wanted to keep Turner they would've had to make a qualifying offer of about $8.7 million and then do the same for Allen at about $3.8 million.
Yeah, that wasn't happening.
So Turner hits the open market which won't include an offer from the Pacers. Allen on the other hand may very well return to the Pacers. He's still hanging around Indy and will take part in the Pacers summer league games in Orlando next week. The reserve big man's price tag should be palatable for the Pacers depending on how the rest of the free agency chips fall into place.
The decision on Lance Stephenson will set the direction for the rest of the roster, but according to Sam Amico in Cleveland, free agent Cavs' swingman, C.J. Miles is expected to meet with the Pacers. Before an injury ended his season early Miles dropped 21 points on the Pacers in early January and then followed that up two nights later by making 10 of 14 three-pointers and scoring 34 points against Philly.
Miles would be a good offensive option off the bench for the Pacers, but I wouldn't consider him Plan B should Lance not sign. Although, Plan B may be an amalgamation of players of which Miles may be one. Either way, WFNY has some good thoughts on what Miles brought to the Cavs.
Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Cavs played very well with Miles' much-needed floor-spacing. Although he only played 984 minutes, the Cavs were +2.4 per 48 with him on the court. He battled a handful of injuries and played in only three games after the All-Star Break.
In Indiana (or nearly anywhere else), Miles could provide excellent bench scoring. The Pacers offense stagnated throughout the year and he'd play a nice complementary shooting role alongside the scrappy Lance Stephenson, if he re-signs.
UPDATE: Woj adds more info on Miles and how the Pacers will try to add him to the roster. Hard to complain about that plan if it comes to fruition.
In pursuit of shooting, Pacers pushing to use $2.1M exception on free agent guard C.J. Miles, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Clarification: Indiana has its full mid-level of $5.3M to use for free agent C.J. Miles, or to use in part with another player.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
If the Pacers did decide to sign Miles, that would mean one of two things (at least) if they also sign Stephenson. Rasual Butler likely won't return unless in a role without expected minutes or Solomon Hill is not in the immediate plans nor as ready as Larry Bird and Frank Vogel have indicated in the past.
What options do you hope the Pacers exercise with their reserve swingman minutes?