It has not been an easy offseason for the Indiana Pacers. First, free agent guard Lance Stephenson turned down an extension from the Pacers that was reportedly worth $44 million over five years. Stephenson then decided to ink a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets and the Pacers responded by singing guard Rodney Stuckey, a solid veteran but an obvious downgrade. Then, on Friday things got much worse. During a scrimmage with Team USA in Las Vegas, the Pacers’ best player, swingman Paul George came down on his leg and suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture that required immediate surgery. George is expected to miss the entire season.
That has created many questions surrounding the team, including potentially trading center Roy Hibbert and big man David West. Hibbert struggled last season but is still young and should have suitors while a veteran like West could help any team.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders believes the Portland Trail Blazers would be a good fit for West.
Portland–A potential lottery-protected first-rounder along with relative flotsam could solve Portland’s big man depth problems, but Portland may not want to take on the salary with a chance at cap space in 2015. Or What about CJ McCollum and filler for West? Indy could take a chance at a guard who can score a little more who could be a part of their next good team, although I am not that high on McCollum as a prospect due to his limited athleticism.
The Blazers already reportedly made a run at Detroit Pistons’ free agent Greg Monroe so they would likely be interested in West. West averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 48.8% from the floor, 26.7% from beyond the arc and 78.9% from the free throw line.
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