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The Pacers are officially in the Summer of Change after dealing around the NBA Draft to add two new starters for new coach Nate McMillan to utilize.

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Before the NBA Draft started on Thursday evening, the Pacers had what they were looking for --  a point guard and power forward.

After dealing away George Hill and the 20th pick in the draft, the Pacers had Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, two veteran players ready to slide into the starting lineup.

Finally, after roughly five hours of draft coverage, the Pacers actually used their 50th pick to select Georges Niang. While I was wondering why they didn't snag Ben Bentil who was still available, those questions were answered from several draft sources who all seemed to love Niang's basketball game despite his lack of athleticism. The kind of guy everyone loves but no one wants to commit to, which describes most of the players taken late in the second round.

Niang could certainly fill a need for the Pacers if he can fill the bucket  in a reserve stretch-4 role. But the team's improvement this season will rely on Teague and Young making an impact from the opening tip of the season.

So what now?

The Pacers will soon reveal the undrafted free agents that will play with the Summer Pacers in Orlando next week. That group will begin practice at the Fieldhouse on Tuesday.

July 1 also begins the free agent negotiating period in which the Pacers will complete the reported deals, likely try to extend Jeff Teague and then spend somewhere around $12-15 million on a free agent target. Preferably one that can shoot the ball like a mutha.

So stay tuned as the offseason Summer of Change is just getting started in earnest.

Check out the links:

Pacers Pick Up Playmaker in Niang | Indiana Pacers

Gregg Doyel: Larry Bird is a bad, bad man

Pacers select Georges Niang in 2nd round of NBA draft

Drafted by Pacers, Niang ready to prove himself in NBA

Draft Profile: Georges Niang – Patterns of the Pick and Roll

Pacers take big steps in right direction | WFNI ESPN 93.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Thaddeus Young with a special 'thank you' to Nets fans - NetsDaily

Pacers select LeVert for Nets at No. 20 to complete deal - AP

Pacers fill major need with Young deal | WFNI ESPN 93.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Brooklyn Nets trade Thaddeus Young to Indiana Pacers for 20th pick, future second-rounder

Bird should swing for fences in NBA Draft | WFNI ESPN 93.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Pacers draft Georges Niang at No. 50 | Vigilant Sports

Grading the 2016 NBA draft | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Nets deal Thaddeus Young for first-round pick | New York Post

NBA scouts give brutally honest opinions on Niang, Uthoff

Thank You, George Hill

Dallas picks Purdue's A.J. Hammons in 2nd round

Brooklyn Nets sign Indiana's Yogi Ferrell to summer league deal - NetsDaily

Victor Oladipo sent to Oklahoma City in draft-night trade

Four players to watch not taken in NBA Draft – ProBasketballTalk

2016 NBA Draft Grades: How each team finished up on draft night - CBSSports.com