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Pacers to address power forward needs whether Thaddeus Young stays or goes

Thaddeus Young

The Indiana Pacers overachieved to what most around NBA circles expected after the Paul George trade took place last offseason. Fresh off a Game 7 four-point loss to the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, the organization will be forced to fine-tune the roster in hopes to take the next step for 2018-19.

With Cory Joseph having opted into the last year of his contract, the only other cog to fall in place rests at the power forward position.

Thaddeus Young, who shone defensively during their first-round series is expected to opt into the last year of his deal, but even if he stays, the Pacers will need to add depth at the position — mainly a player that can complement his skillset.

According to J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star:

“The biggest ticket item is Thad Young, who is due $14 million if he opts-in (seems unlikely) rather than re-negotiating a new deal for more years (more likely). If Young stays, a 3-point shooting power forward is more of a priority behind him because that’s not his strength. If he opts-out and leaves in free agency, a starting-quality stretch four who can defend inside-out is the priority (and much harder to find).”

While Domantas Sabonis found himself playing at the four and five positions and can shoot the three, the Pacers will look for a stretch-four specialist, giving the second unit a different dimension than the non-shooting, but avid defensive player.