Free agency hurts some organizations more than others. For teams with set rosters, free agency isn't such a big issue. For those teams flush with money and hoping to make a splash, free agency can be a killer.
Not only does it shorten the free agency period, but if a team does sign a new player, chemistry issues become a major concern.
That being said, a rocky start to the season and potential communication issues are a risk the Pacers must be willing to take.
After a gutsy performance against Chicago in the first round of the playoffs last season, and with the acquisition of George Hill, the Pacers are a player or two away from being one of the East's better—if not top—teams.
Currently, the Hill trade though presents as many problems as it potentially solves. If Hill sees time as a starter or significant minutes alongside Collison, the Pacers suddenly lose their biggest advantage: defense and rebounding.
With 6'8" Paul George playing the 2-spot last year, the Pacers were one of the top rebounding and defensive teams in large part because they had size. George could guard the likes of Kobe, LeBron or a Ray Allen. At 6'3", Hill can't.
Will George in the starting lineup, the Pacers could easily compensate for Hansbrough's lack of strength and interior play because of their competitive advantages elsewhere.
Where they struggled was in scoring. Hibbert is developing nicely and George should be much improved, but Granger was their only consistent threat last year.
By signing an interior power forward, the Pacers solve both issues. Hill can play because the Pacers wouldn't need to help out defensively on bigger forwards that sometimes overwhelmed Hansborough and Indiana would have an improved scoring threat.
So who are the best players available for Indiana to pursue?