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.
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