by Scott Agness – Follow Scott
The “offseason” has nearly come and gone. We are two weeks from the start of Indiana Pacers training camp (Sept. 30).
Much like the NFL, the NBA has become a year-round league affording teams, players, and reporters alike very little off time.
For the Pacers, they played through May in the Eastern Conference Finals. Even before their season concluded, the team had prospective players in for workouts. After exit interviews over the first weekend in June, the staff turned its full attention to the NBA Draft. The Pacers didn’t have a first-round pick — they traded it in July 2013 to Phoenix for Luis Scola — and when assessing their cap situation along with players available at 57, they opted to trade the pick to New York.
Afterwards, Larry Bird bluntly said, “Well, that was a waste of two weeks.”
When the Pacers lost out on Lance Stephenson in free agency, they had to go to Plan C. They signed Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles, Damjan Rudez, and Shayne Whittington. A few weeks later, Paul George went down — changing the team’s outlook for the upcoming season. From contender to fringe playoff team. There is no plan to replace George’s contributions.
Heading into the 2014-15 campaign, Frank Vogel and his entire staff are back for their second full season together. Media day will be held on Monday, Sept. 29th with camp opening the following day.