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Report: Pacers to set sights on Brandon Roy, O.J. Mayo, and Jamal Crawford in free agency

Jun 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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The Pacers want a wing that can shoot. And when you say “NBA wings that shoot,” pretty much three of the first names I think of are Brandon Roy, O.J. Mayo, and Jamal Crawford.

Granted, it would have to be 2009 when you ask me, but still, those names are there.

The Indianapolis Star reports:

Pritchard plans to work the phones in an attempt to add another big man and scorer on the wing. Guards Brandon Roy and O.J. Mayo are two wings players the Pacers plan to pursue. Jamal Crawford could also be a possibility.

via Pacers aim to lock up Roy Hibbert, George Hill as free agency looms | Indianapolis Star |

The Pacers are obviously looking to add some offensive firepower. They’re in the rare position of having too many playmakers and not enough guys to make shots. If Roy does return from retirement, a spot-up shooter is the best role for him, and the Pacers have the defensive personnel to cover for his limitations. Mayo has long been coveted by the Pacers, having tried to trade for the Memphis combo guard twice. And Crawford is a veteran who can be the difference in a playoff game, as the Hawks found out in 2011.

It’s a pretty good set of targets for the Pacers.

For Roy, does fitting in with a playoff team that doesn’t need him to log heavy minutes make the most sense? He’s going to have options.

  1. bparmalee - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Again with the Pacers and OJ Mayo. We tried to trade for him 2 years ago… last year we actually thought we had a trade before the Grizz rescinded it and now we are set to (most likely) overpay for him. If we were going to go after Mayo then why did we trade the 15th pick last year (Faried, Marshon Brooks or Kawhi Leonard..all players we could have had) for George Hill??

  2. professoressadiesel - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    If I had my pick, I’d go jall in on Crawford.

    Roy, only if he’s willing to sign for the minimum.

  3. cacsemo - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    i think mayo goes to the team that pays him the most.
    i think crawford would be the best fit for the pacers, dude can provide some instant scoring off the bench
    hopefully someone signs roy and he can have a productive year, hope good things happen for a player whos career seemed so promising

  4. mrhonorama - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Is there some other Pacers team I’m not aware of? The Indiana Pacers need a player who can distribute the ball. Steve Nash would be a perfect fit, but that will never happen. If they don’t upgrade their point guard play, they will stagnate.

  5. wjmoffatt - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Trade Granger, that’s the biggest move they have to make! He wants to be a superstar and his not a superstar

  6. damp1015 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    As a Knicks fan, I like Mayo and Crawford just they don’t play defense. And I know, Knicks play defense? Yeah I know someone going to open their mouth. But in all seriousness Roy, I don’t know. I hope he comes back strong and balls out like he has before.

  7. cream203 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I’m also a Knicks fan and the pacers are gonna go downhill now that Bird is no longer the president and bringing in Brandon Roy will be a mistake his knees are gone

  8. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    The bulls need a guy who will take a lot of shots until rose gets back. How many teams need a guy to take shots? They need one of these guys or joe Johnson.

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