INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Things are only looking up for the Indiana Pacers organization, or at least that’s how the players and coaches see things.
“We just did a heck of a job this year,” said Pacers forward Paul George. “We battled against the odds, continued to battle against the odds and came out on top, I think. Whether we lost, I think the city understood how hard we fought this year. They had something to cheer about.”
The pieces are in place for another run next year with a great core of George, Roy Hibbert and George Hill.
“I'm definitely proud of what we have as far as future for this team,” said Hill. “It's just a bright future for this ballclub, and we're going to be here for a couple more years now.”
This will be a critical off-season for the Pacers who made it to the conference finals for only the 7th time in franchise history.
As for the roster: the two biggest projects will be re-signing David West and deciding what to do with Danny Granger. West is a free agent. The 32-year-old has been a key contributor in the Blue and Gold's playoff runs the last two years.
“These are my guys, and I can't see myself going anywhere else,” said West. “This group is a solid group. It gives me, as an individual, the best chance to accomplish the goals that I have left."
As for Granger, he missed all but five games with a knee injury and the team didn't skip a beat. The team may look to trade him for some bench help, but Granger expects to be back.
“I think it's really scary what we can do when we play together, and I'm really looking forward to it,” said Granger. “A guy asked me how did it feel, what if you were in on that play or what if you were in on that play. I can't do that. My injury kept me out, but for the most part. Our future is very, very, very bright.”
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