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Report: Pacers interested in MarShon Brooks, Gary Forbes as Paul George replacements

Aug 4, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

The Pacers’ have grander problems in the wake of Paul George’s season-ending injury.

But in the simplest sense, their wing depth is thinner by one payer.

That modest problem can be solved through modest solutions, and in MarShon Brooks and Gary Forbes, that’s apparently what Indiana is eying.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Brooks has yet to use his scoring potential to find footing in the NBA. In the last 13 months, he’s been with the Nets, Celtics, Warriors and Lakers.

Forbes had a couple decent seasons off the bench, one with the Nuggets and another with the Raptors. But he last played in the NBA in 2012. Since, he’s played in China and the D-League.

These are clearly minimum-salary-level players.

However, the Pacers already have 15 players under contract, so if they add Brooks or Forbes or anyone else, someone has to go before the regular season. That could be bad news for Donald Sloan (fully unguaranteed contract) or Shayne Whittington (just $25,000 guaranteed).

The Grizzlies only have slightly more room to accommodate Forbes. They have 14 players with guaranteed contracts plus a non-guaranteed deal for Patrick Christopher.

  1. cruzan80 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Blow it up.

    They’re currently built to win right now & they won’t. West is 33, Hill is 28 & Hibbert is 27 years old. Trade them all for young talent & draft picks while they still have value.

    • miamatt - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Yup. Anybody but Paul George should be up for grabs.

    • redbaronx - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      @cruzan80 – Agreed. The Pacers weren’t going to win now in any case with Stephenson gone. The problem is, who is going to want to trade for Hill and Hibbert? Much less provide young talent in return?

      West might garner some interest, but there’s a limited market of “one player away” contenders that would want to trade for him, and give young talent or picks in return. Contenders typically don’t have young talent or picks to trade. Plus, the team getting West would have to have cap space.

      The reality is that the Pacers might be stuck with what they have, but I agree with what you’re saying and what the Pacers SHOULD try to do.

  2. bparmalee - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    As a Pacers fan it is time to blow this team up…. not add random marginal players. Plenty of teams will have an interest in David West and there’s no reason hold onto him considering the season is already over. George, Lance and Evan Turner (he wasnt great but we still still didn’t replace him) are gone and the Pacers struggled on offense with them. Not to mention the Pacers still do not have a point guard…time to rebuild.

  3. bball242322 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Just tank the season Larry. Pair a lottery pick with PG for when he returns

    • redbaronx - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      @bball242322 – Larry Bird tanking? When pigs fly…..he isn’t made that way.

  4. csbanter - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    The Pacers were not winning a championship with George this season not with the Cavs,Bulls,Heat and Wizards having more talent. The loss of Stephenson hurts but is something they can overcome. At best they will challenge for one of the lower seeds and even that may be a stretch.

  5. duhwighthoward - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    I watched MarShon Brooks play a couple of games for the Lakers last season. I have a hard time believing there aren’t much better players out there. He stunk.

  6. jamesk2465 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Pacers should give Beasley a look. If Larry can get through to Lance I think he could do he same with Beasley. One of those low risk high reward moves

  7. mungman69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Pacers should just pack it in and trade their vets. They aren’t going anywhere for at least two (2) years.

  8. 1friendofthepeople - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    I like the idea of trading West.

    It gives the Pacers some cap flexibility and it could allow them to slide into the lottery, and with Birds track record as the GM it should ease worry of them turning into a pathetic team like Philly. Imagine next year having PG back and a good or great young talent that doesn’t require them to sacrifice cap space.

    If I was Golden State I would want to trade Harrison Barnes and a first for a 33 year old West, even if he is slightly overpaid. He can play in the post, he has a great midrange game to stretch the floor a little bit, and best of all he’s tough and he’s a great teammate that doesn’t point fingers. West plays the game right and as of now GS’s bigs are soft. It’s not much of a risk, GS wants to win now and Barnes just can’t get on the court and they were already willing to trade him.

    • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Maybe the Warriors wouldn’t even have to give up a pick. I think Larry could help turn Barnes into a good player.

      West for Barnes would make sense.

    • bkbell3 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      And what would the dubs do with david lee?

      • duhwighthoward - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        He can play alongside David West in the frontcourt.

        Surely, if Roy Hibbert could, David Lee can too.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Yes, but neither one is a center or rim protector and both are average at best on defense. I like both but david lee does more things and is more mobile and fits better on the dubs. That’s a lot of money tied up in pf.

      • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        3 Things

        Bogut is so frequently injured that you can’t expect him to be healthy come playoff time.

        Jermaine O’Neal gave them 12 minutes per game in last years playoffs, and he gets injured too much.

        Lee can give them minutes at center and I think Speights can play center.

      • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        You’re right. Warriors need to get free of Lee…mostly because of that terrible contract. He only has 2 years reaming btw, which is why……………….

        They should package a protected 1st(maybe a future 1st), Harrison, Lee to a team tanking, most tanking teams have cap space and their owners get boners whenever they hear anything that sounds even remotely like “draft pick”.

        Let’s be honest this Pacers team is not going to be good without PG and Lance. They should think about “rebuilding” for a year. This season it makes sense to get a future 1st and a young talent like Barnes that Larry could turn into a good player.

        I mentioned West because I think he’s so much better than Lee and he makes less than Lee. The Warriors would add a guy that is a true warrior, he brings real toughness, he can get on guys when they’re not focused, and best of all he has an old man game so aging doesn’t hurt his game like it would an athletic PF like Blake Griffin. He’s a free agent that will not demand a big contract when his deal is up, he will be 35 and already had his payday. He would be inexpensive to resign…oh ya and he’s loyal so he will likely be interested in resigning if they play well.

  9. 1friendofthepeople - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Staying as they are now I don’t think they can afford to resign Barnes anyway, especially with a Klay extension coming. No matter what they have to start making moves. I just think getting West in his final year for Barnes makes sense, but you’re right they need to free up cap space no matter

    You’re right. The Warriors need to free up cap room because the contracts of Lee and Bogut are killing them. Even if they weren’t to trade for West those guys are still a huge problem. They have to unload at least one of those guys.

    The Warriors have great talent and can win now. They aren’t going to be a lottery team in the next few years, especially given the way teams are tanking, even a poor year by Warrior standards wouldn’t drop them into the lottery. So I think that’s why you package some trades with near-future draft picks that can interest those crappy tanking teams that get a boner whenever they hear “draft pick”…. those teams usually have a ton of cap space as well, some would take on Lees two years remaining in a second if he will be off the books before they start actually trying to win.

    • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      MY BAD

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