Possible Pacers Moves Involve Two Teams

Azz ChapperContributor IJune 25, 2010

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As a suffering Pacers fan, we know that it is time for Bird to earn his paycheck or else.  Draft night did not yield a PG, so now we wait until after July 8th.  What are the options and what would work money wise?

Option #1: Hornets

Chris Paul for Danny Granger and Foster

The Hornets need to reduce their cap number for the immediate future or else they are moving.  Collison is more than capable of leading the team into the future with Granger on the wing.  The Pacers could utilize the Jeff Foster contract as a bargaining chip that would make the deal work for Pacers fans.  Pacers do you trust that Bird found a suitable replacement in Paul George for Granger.  If so, then Larry must make the overtures.

Option #2: Hornets (again)

Collison and James Posey for George (Pacers #10 pick)  and Jeff Foster

The Hornets would save in excess of $6.0 million for the expiring Foster contract for Posey and have the upside of George to sell to their fans.

Option #3: Hornets (again)

Okafor and Chris Paul for Granger, Hansbrough, and Dunleavy

The Pacers get their PG of the future and absorb a horrible contract in Okafor, in exchange the Hornets fans get cap flexibility with the Dunleavy contract.  The Pacers are then able to turn around and utilize the Ford, Murphy, and Foster contracts to find talent at the SG and SF position and backup PG.

Option #4: Timberwolves

How bad does Kahn want Al Jefferson out of Minnesota?  We are all going to find out this summer.

Al Jefferson for Dunleavy or Murphy, plus Foster and Future #1 pick

Jefferson is coming off of injury and the T'Wolves are tired of his act.  Take two expiring contracts that they can use to build for the future and a future #1.  Pacers take a gamble on the health of Jefferson, but they can still utilize the expiring contract of Ford and Dunleavy or Murphy for a point guard.