Kevin Pritchard and the Indiana Pacers are entering a crucial offseason for the future of their franchise. After being swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs to end their season, it was made clear in the season-ending press conference that the Pacers are going to swing for the fences this offseason.
While the Pacers did get swept in the first round, they did not have their superstar, Victor Oladipo. He went down with a season-ending torn quad in the early stages of the year. It was impressive in and of itself that Indiana stayed in contention and ended up with the fifth seed in the playoff picture.
Now, the Pacers are going to be tasked with the job of putting more talent around Oladipo. There is no guarantee that he is going to come back as good as he was before the injury, but Oladipo himself is super confident. That could lead Indiana to target a star in free agency.
Many have connected the Pacers to stars like Kemba Walker and Tobias Harris, but they may choose to go another route. Some believe that Indiana will instead focus on re-signing their own talent to run it back.
That being said, the Pacers will have some decisions to make. Should they look to re-sign any of their impending free agents? Let’s dive in and take a look.
Darren Collison, Point Guard
While Collison is a quality point guard that played great minutes for the Pacers, his contract may be a bit too expensive for Indiana. They have a great young point guard in Aaron Holiday and have expressed an interest at getting better at that position. With option like Walker, Mike Conley via trade, and possibly Ricky Rubio, Collison might be on his way out of town.
Cory Joseph, Point Guard
Joseph is in a very similar position as Collison, although he can offer much better defense. He was able to lock up opposing guards all season long and that could be something that Indiana wants to keep around. Unfortunately, his offensive game was extremely inconsistent and that could be what sees him with a new team in 2019-20.
Thaddeus Young, Power Forward
Next up, the Pacers saw Thaddeus Young become their leader both on and off the court. He stepped up in a big way when Oladipo went down with his injury and had a big year. Pritchard and company would likely love to keep Young, but there is no telling how much money he will be wanting this offseason.
If the Pacers can keep him on a team-friendly contract, it would not be surprising at all to see him back.
Bojan Bodganovic, Small Forward
There is no question that Bojan Bogdanovic took a big leap forward as a player last season. He became the Pacers’ go-to scorer after Oladipo went out and was a deadly shooter from the three-point line. Unfortunately, he was a bit streaky and could not weather the storm when opposing defenses focused on shutting him down.
Bogdanovic is a great role player and fits nicely with the Pacers, but another team will offer him too much money for Indiana to match with their aggressive approach to finding a star to pair alongside Oladipo.