Monday, July 31, 2006

Indiana Pacers: Transactions, News, Notes

The Pacers are waiting, waiting, waiting for the Hawks to complete a deal to bring Al Harrington back to town. He's not worth the wait for Indiana. Their greatest need was not to find someone to run their pose offense through on the nights when Jermaine O'Neal. Harrington doesn't do anything other than score and he's not especially efficient doing that.

When O'Neal is healthy, Harrington will serve both to limit his touches and the minutes of Marquis Daniels, Danny Granger, Stephen Jackson, Shawne Williams, and James White. Daniels (when healthy) Jackson, and Granger are all better players than Harrington. Williams and White probably aren't yet and may never be but at least they would complement O'Neal in some way.

The Pacers still need a good point guard and some quality post depth beyond this year's Maccabi Tel Aviv import, Maceo Baston. Baston should approximate Foster's game better than either David Harrison or Josh Powell. The modesty of Jasikevicius's production in 2006 should prepare Pacers fans' expectations for such faint praise.

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