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  1. I'm just not a fan of the Leaf pick. I don't think he is dynamic enough offensively to make up for his defensive issues. I think he has had some injury problems though maybe not as bad as OG. I just can't find myself getting excited about guys who are liabilities on defense. Certainly not first round picks.
  2. Me. I realize the Pacers want to get as much value as they can for PG but is the trade market likely to improve on a guy with one year left on his contract who has made it known there is only one team he wants to play for? I just have a hard time imagining trade offers improving after tonight.
  3. I agree. While I obviously don't catch many Laker games I think Randle is about as good of a young talent as the Pacers can expect to get back in this situation. Two late first round picks in the same draft is not really desirable but maybe they can trade one for a future first with another team.
  4. I think the talk of Simon's willingness to spend holding this team back from contention is overblown. I'm not even sure there is a correlation between the highest spending teams and the top 4-5 teams in the league each year though it would be an interesting study. This franchise has had multiple teams that could contend for the championship during Simon's tenure. Perhaps Simon is willing to do it if it is required for them to keep a key player or bring in an important free agent. Simon is not going to spend money just to spend money but I don't think that his frugalness is preventing the Pacers from building championship contenders. JMO.
  5. I posted about this in the wrong thread. I don't doubt PG would be interested in staying here if the Pacers had a team that could contend but they don't. Bird has not done a good job at building this roster. LA is far more attractive with young talent, chance to get other free agent stars to sign, and it is home to PG. There are probably a lot of people * at PG for this leaking and for him wanting to leave. I don't fault him one bit though. I appreciate all he has done here and it has been fun watching him but it's time to move forward without him. They need to get whatever they can and I have felt that way for some time. If the Pacers (Bird) did a respectable job at building this roster the past few years I could understand the bitterness some Pacer fans feel towards PG. The roster isn't where it needs to be though and that is on the Pacers not PG. If I was PG I would want to go elsewhere too.
  6. Wojo is saying that PG has told the Pacers he plans to go to the Lakers in 2018. This should not come as a surprise. Assuming PG did have his agent tell the Pacers this (like the article states) i'm glad he did. I never thought the Pacers had a chance to keep PG without a championship contending roster. Bird did not put together that type of roster over the past few years and this team is still a ways away. I know some will hate on PG for this and even more when he leaves. I don't. I appreciate PG for he has done here and I can't blame him for wanting to go to LA. The Pacers have not done a good job of building the roster around him and the Lakers are a much more attractive situation. The current roster, potential to land other big time free agents, and LA is home to PG. I have been on the side that thinks the Pacers should trade PG. You know he wants to win and it has been clear that is not likely to happen here. Get what you can and move forward.
  7. I'm glad the Warriors won and not the Cavs. I'm especially happy for David West. I don't care if he left Indiana to go "chase" a ring. I'm sure the feeling of winning an NBA championship is far better than not winning one. I still think about the teams the Pacers had in 2013 and 2014. They gave Miami all sorts of trouble with their size. Had Roy maintained his all-star play and more of those key players being closer in age I think there would be teams built with size to match up with the Pacers. I know Bird has pushed hard for smaller players/more scoring but I think that the best way to beat the Warriors or Cavs is to build a defensive minded/physical team like the Pacers had a few years ago.
  8. I like Jimmy Raye and wish him well. He might have a good shot at the Buffalo Bills GM opening.
  9. I agree. I started to have these thoughts at the deadline. I don't think this team is close to being able to complete with the best teams in the league over a 7 game series. I don't see what moves can be made this summer that will get them there. I don't believe for a second that PG stays unless this is one of the top teams in the league. I don't see that happening soon. It's better to get what you can and rebuild it the right way, imo.
  10. This is typical to have some football operations change right after the draft when you bring in a new GM. I haven't seen who else was let go besides T.J. McCreight.
  11. I'm going to go with Basham. I think we can be more confident that Hooker and Wilson will have more of an impact early on but hopefully Basham can turn into the pass rusher this team needs over time. I think of Basham like I did La'Raven Clark last year. You are not as sure what he is going to turn into on the NFL level but if he plays up to his potential it can turn the draft class from good to great.
  12. Does anyone think that this pick indicates that Ballard wants this team to be primarily a man blocking scheme over time?
  13. I agree. I thought for sure that the Titans were going to take Jamal Adams at 5. I'm glad they didn't.
  14. Hard to complain about this draft for the Colts. Sure some guys will not pan out but it's hard to argue with these picks. Luckily for the Colts this was a good draft in some areas of need. They could sit back and truly (what seemed like) take who they thought was the best player available while still filling a need. It's interesting to get a better sense of Ballard's philosophy for the roster. He clearly wanted guys with traits that stand out. Banner is boom or bust imo. A guy like Hairston has desired size but there were more polished (but smaller) cornerbacks the Colts could have taken today. I'm not mad about this. Thankfully Anthony Walker Jr appears to be an ILB who can play all three downs. Pagano seems to really like the big thumpers (like D'Qwell Jackson and Antonio Morrison) but this team needs guys who can hold up on third down. It looks like Walker has the potential to.
  15. I don't get NFL Network so I didn't actually hear what Mayock said but did read the text. I can't say I disagree. I have come to dislike day three of the draft. Between the gimmicky announcing of picks (whether it be at the zoo or spaceship) to the announcers being three picks behind it just is not good tv.

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