Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Indiana Pacers who are reportedly targeting soon-to-be free agent and Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley instead of Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose.
After the Indiana Pacers failed to enter the second round of the playoffs, they are now undergoing a rebuilding process to set up a better team next season. The process started when Pacers’ president Larry Bird decided not to renew coach Frank Vogel’s contract and looked for a new head coach that can execute his preferred system for the team. Bird wants a ‘small ball’ offensive strategy and he thinks that Nate Millan is the right person for the vacant position.
With this, the Pacers are now looking for a legitimate point guard in order for the system to be more effective. According to Hoops Rumors, Bird and company will be trying to explore the trading block to acquire Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. This involves George Hill and 2016 NBA draft pick to acquire the Bulls’ point guard. However, it is not practical to pursue the deal since they will be needing to overpay him for one season before his contract runs out. Also, their offer might not be enough for the Bulls to agree with the deal.
Another option for the Pacers is to explore the free agency market. Though there are limited numbers of point guards, if they are already starting to make their moves, there is a higher possibility that they can get either Jeremy Lin or Mike Conley.
Mike Conley will be the best option for the Indiana Pacers especially with Larry Bird’s preferred system for his team. However, Conley’s outstanding performance in the past seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies could make him attract lots of NBA teams in the free agency market.
Mike Conley can be a good fit with Pacers’ fast-paced offense and can be a good tandem with Paul George. The Indiana Pacers should make the best offer in order to acquire one of the best point guards in the free agency market.
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