Mark Montieth's latest blog entry explores the options for how the Pacers season will play out with regard to Jermaine O'Neal. In a nutshell, he sees three ways this thing can go:
- J.O. regains MVP form, leading the Pacers to a good season. Whether he opts out or not, his value will give the Pacers options.
- J.O. plays well, the team struggles and he opts out. This is also positive since it frees up so much cap space for future roster flexibility.
- J.O. doesn't play at a superstar level making him hard to move, and then plays out his contract keeping the Pacers in "purgatory of mediocrity" for a few years.