Taylor has broken down both of these moves by the Pacers and presented the facts in a very clear fashion. In my opinion picking up Bynum is a big risk because of his attitude, injury prone body and apparent issues to assimilate. The trade of Granger for Turner and Allen, from a business standpoint, current roster improvement and even future roster improvement makes complete sense. As a fan and supporter of both the Pacers and Granger, it is sad to see the nine year veteran leave. With that said the bigger issue I have with these moves is how late in the season the Pacers have made these moves and the fact that Bynum won’t be ready to play until March. There is a saying – “If it ain’t (isn’t) broke(n) don’t fix it”. My wife hates this phrase because it is not proper English but it sums up the Pacers situation perfectly.
The positive for the Pacers is that Bird is always setting them up for success in the future. Turner and Allen are younger, less expensive options then Granger. They also give the Pacers a lot of salary flexibility to assure they can sign Lance or if Lance pursues other opportunities they have Turner to back-fill his role. Bynum is low risk for the future – Bird has taken on all of the risk this year. It is a matter of time until we see if it pans out. Is Bird a genius our should he have listened to the old "If it ain't broke don't fix it" quote? In Bird we trust - I just struggle with making so many moves when you have one of the best records in the NBA. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
The Marris Minute
P.S. Thank you Danny Granger for being a solid, stand up man and leader for the Pacers over the past nine years. You will be missed in Indiana and we wish the best for you - as long as you aren't playing for Miami!