Let's say this summer, your team could acquire any player in the draft, free agency (for market value), or trade (for projected market value). Imagine there is a white board of all players teams could hope to acquire. They could trade for the No.1 pick or Paul George or sign Gordon Hayward or any player available through free agency, the draft or via trade. Who do you go after? Here's a ranking of those players, factoring all factors, from skillset, to contract, to timing, to potential, to cost. George is a bona fide superstar and by all accounts is available for talks with the Pacers. Larry Bird's departure only increased rumors the Pacers know they'll lose him next summer in free agency and
In today's NBA, if you don't have LeBron James or a juggernaut with three or four high-end All-Stars, you aren't really in the championship conversation. Take this year's ho-hum, lopsided postseason that has seen the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors quite literally cruise through the playoffs to the point it's never too early to preview that matchup. This is not a new phenomenon, as back in the day if you didn't have a guy named Michael Jordan or, say, a couple or more future Hall of Famers a la the Houston Rockets or Utah Jazz, you weren't getting to the NBA Finals. Yes, there were the juggernaut Los Angeles Lakers led by Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson, but the East in particular was a wide-open affair.
Chuck Pagano has led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in three of his five seasons, including an AFC Championship Game appearance in 2014. They’ve yet to have a losing record under Pagano. But the questions on how much longer Pagano will remain coach of Indianapolis beyond next season started when Chris Ballard was named general manager in January. Mike Wells: That’s usually the immediate reaction when a new general manager is hired and the head coach isn’t "his" guy, meaning Ballard wasn’t the person that hired Pagano, who is headed into Year 6 as coach of the Colts. It also doesn’t help that owner Jim Irsay said back in January, “For 2017, Chuck is our coach.” No guarantees beyond next