After getting eliminated for the second straight season by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers face more questions this offseason than last.
Lance Stephenson is a free agent and a polarizing player. His skill set is unique as he stuffs the stat sheet every night, plays exemplary defense and incites crowds and rivals. He can be a bit of a headache at times, so this looms as a gigantic decision for Larry Bird and everyone in the Pacers organization.
Evan Turner is another free agent with almost the exact same skill set as Stephenson. He never really fit in after the deadline trade brought him from Philadelphia, but if the Pacers decide to pass on Stephenson, Turner could be an option.
Indiana needs a lot of work and will explore almost every option this offseason. They could try and move All-Star center Roy Hibbert, who disappointed quite a bit late in this disappointing season, or maybe, George Hill will be the fall guy. Any move involving either player would certainly net draft picks.
Players under contract: F Paul George; C Roy Hibbert; F David West; G George Hill; F Luis Scola; C Ian Mahinmi; F Chris Copeland; G C.J. Watson; F Solomon Hill; G Donald Sloan
Free agents: G/F Lance Stephenson; G/F Evan Turner; C/F Lavoy Allen
Recent Draft History:
2013: Solomon Hill (23), Colton Iverson (53)
2012: Miles Plumlee (26)
2011: Kawhi Leonard (15), Davis Bertans (42)
2010: Paul George (10), Lance Stephenson (40), Ryan Reid (57)
2009: Tyler Hansbrough (13), A.J. Price (52)