The Indiana Pacers have had a busy offseason thus far as they acquired two valuable pieces that make them a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Pacers still need to improve its bench and Marreese Speights could be the answer.
The first trade Pacers president Larry Bird made was a three-team deal that brought Jeff Teague home to Indiana. They parted ways with George Hill but Teague is a true point guard and is an improvement on offense.
Then, they acquired Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for the 20th overall pick in last week’s draft. The Pacers now have a starting five consisting of Teague, Monta Ellis, Paul George, Young and Myles Turner.
Their bench will have players such as Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles, and Lavoy Allen. Indiana could also re-sign players such as Ian Mahinmi, Ty Lawson, and Solomon Hill. However, they will need a stretch four off the bench and that could be Marreese Speights.
According to Matthew Hallett of Hoops Habit, one of the moves the Pacers have to make this season is to sign Mo Buckets. The 28-year-old had a good three seasons with the Golden State Warriors wherein he became a champion but he would love to get paid.
The Pacers will have the money to sign him and they would benefit from his scoring streak. He can hit the threes and he is a consistent contributor from the bench. But he also has his weakness which is his defense.
In an interview with The Mercury News, Speights would be happy to be back in Golden State but he understands it’s a business.
“It’s been a hell of a lot of fun. I feel like I put myself in position on this team and in this city to make a name for myself and be one of the core guys who’s been here. It would be best to be back here, but I understand it’s a business,” Speights said.
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