The Pacers Are Making Smart Moves, What Should They Expect Now?

By: Ben Meyerson

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The Indiana Pacers have signed Tyreke Evan(28) to a 1-year $12 million deal and  Doug McDermott (26) to a 3 year $22 million deal. Tyreke Evans had career highs in 3-point field goal percentage(39.9%) and effective field goal percentage (52.2%). Doug McDermott had career highs in 3-point field goal percentage (42.6%), field goal percentage (46.7%) and effective field goal percentage (55.7%).

The Doug McDermott contract is interesting because while $7.3 million per year isn’t way over market value, the fact that he got a 3 year deal is a little daunting considering he barely played 20 minutes per game. On the other hand, Tyreke Evans on a 1-year deal, JJ Redick type deal(1 year fill the rest of teams cap space), is perfect for both sides. If Tyreke Evans wants to get paid next season when he is a free agent he will have plenty of opportunity as 17 teams have more than $20 million in cap space.

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The Pacers added Tyreke Evans, I see him starting for them or being a great 6th man off the bench if they decide to keep Bogdanovic in the starting lineup. Last year he averaged 19 points per game and finished top 30 in PER (player efficiency rating). Tyreke Evans couldn’t get paid this season as only 4 teams only had more than $20 million in cap space and the Pacers had cap space to spend in a market where the only big free agents (LeBron, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins, Aaron Gordon, Clint Capela) were not going to Indiana or were restricted and would get matched.

The Pacers ended the season with 48 wins and the 5th seed in the east losing in the first round in 7 games to the Cavs. The Pacers didn’t lose any players except for Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson so I don’t think they’re losing much. They should improve their win total as LeBron is out of the east, the Raptors aren’t getting any better and they are adding tons of depth. I expect the Pacers to end up in the 3-5 seed range finishing with 47-51 wins.

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The Pacers have an All-NBA player in Victor Oladipo, a budding star in Myles Turner and adding a potential 20 point per game scorer in Tyreke Evans. The Pacers are the only playoff team in the east making significant changes to improve their personnel. While I do not see them winning a championship any time soon this team should have high expectations for themselves moving forward.

 

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