Topofthekey wrote:I understand that Aaron has been struggling, but trading for a one-year rental veteran and kicking Aaron into cold storage just seem like a very myopic thing to do, if indeed that was their plan
It's not an issue on here really, but if you look elsewhere (Reddit, Facebook, etc.), you'll see tons of Pacer fans already calling for Nate to be fired and saying they're done with the team. Unfortunately the majority of the fandom simply cannot handle losing despite a lot of them consistently saying they want to rebuild and tank. We happen to have a lot of fans who are totally fine with leaving the Pacers alone and jumping back on when the team starts winning.
There are two problems with this though
If indeed the push to acquire Garrett Temple was due to fan reaction to the team's recent performance, then it's a sign that the team has no long term plan in place, beyond placating fans on the fly. Basically it means they are directionless, and that's very bad
Also, how many wins do they think Garrett Temple might add to the team? 1? Maybe 2 or 3? That's nice, but these wins come at the expense of future wins, by not developing Aaron or Sumner. That's not a good trade off. I can understand if they are trying to bring in a difference maker, but Garrett Temple? So not only are they kneejerk reacting to fan pressure, they are doing so in a incompetent manner
If it's really about placating the fan base by delivering short term wins without regard for the next season or the one after that, then they should have just traded for James Harden
Now THAT would bring the W's and get the fan base excited, instead of settling for some half measure where they are throttling the team's development for a paltry 2 or 3 extra wins
pacers33granger wrote:The franchise has always looked for veteran help, so this is nothing new. But the fans really don't support the team when its struggling which makes it that much more unlikely that ownership will ever be ok with not just rebuilding, but allowing young guys to make mistakes.
I mean, I'm not against bringing in veteran help at all
But the team already has too many good/good-ish players trying to split playing time
I can understand if they're trying to bring in a veteran backup PF, but Garrett Temple just sounds like someone who would cannibalize minutes from existing players like Justin, Doug, and Lamb (who have all been pretty good), without actually solving any problems
Of course, this is all hypothetical anyway
We're just speculating here, and we aren't actually privy to their plans. Maybe trading for Garrett Temple is just a small part of a larger plan, who knows. Like maybe they were exploring another trade that would send out some combination of Justin, Doug, and Lamb, so Garrett Temple was meant to be a potential replacement for them. At least that's what I try to tell myself, to keep me from losing faith altogether
Topofthekey wrote:Starting to lose faith a little in KP/the franchise, especially after they reportedly tried to trade Myles for Hayward
I still think that was more driven by ownership wanting the hometown star than anything. It would have been a bad deal and a bad contract, but Hayward is probably the best free agent who had interest in...ever? An injured David West was our best free agent signing in a long time, if ever, so it's not saying much, but still. I think Herb was looking at it through rose colored glasses because a "star" actually wanted to come to Indy.
I agree with this