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Pacers need a two guard, targeting O.J. Mayo, Courtney Lee

Jul 6, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum AP

While the Pacers front office is grappling with the big question — literally — of whether to match the Trail Blazers max offer for center Roy Hibbert, they are dealing with their other needs as well.

Specifically, they need to step up at the two guard. More accurately, they need to bring in a shooting guard sixth man who keeps the pressure on Paul George to perform and can get them some points.

And they are looking at two players with very different skill sets in O.J. Mayo and Courtney Lee, reports Mike Wells at the Indy Star.

Mayo is the top choice for the Pacers. He’s been their top choice for a few years now. The Pacers have “great, great interest” in Mayo, one person told me….

The Pacers have to decide how much they want to pay the former lottery pick and does Mayo mind continuing to come off the bench.

Lee brings better defense, is a better three-point shooter, is an Indianapolis native and probably comes at a lower price.

Lou Williams is also now fully on the market, he costs more but can also put up more points than either of these two.

Smart money is still on a good offer for Mayo, who can come off the bench and create his own shot, the roles the Pacers need to fill. But look for some movement from the Pacers in the next five days on this front.

As for Hibbert, we may have to wait until July 14 for an answer.

  1. bparmalee - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    George Hill is suppose to be our Lou Williams (even though I love Lou) so we don’t need anymore under sized scorers. I kind of expect Mayo to end up someplace like the Suns since the Hornets swear they will match for Gordon but if we can get him at a fair price…. great. If not Courtney Lee will be fine. I’m still holding out hop that Danny Granger gets moved.

  2. davidly - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    If they don’t keep Hibbert, it won’t matter.

  3. dexterismyhero - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Hold the Mayo! They need a 2nd power guy with West as long as they match the Hibbert offer. They have to wait and see what it is. Portland may have it front loaded (17-18 mil) and that may stop the Pacers from having enough left for other pickups.

  4. xli2006 - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Agree with david… No Hibbert, doesnt matter what move they make. Match Hibbert and add a solid 2 and this is a top 3 team in the East.

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