The Indiana Pacers are entering a rebuilding process, although they will have to wait before finally focusing their attention on putting together the best squad for the future. Veterans like Buddy Hield, and especially Myles Turner, are still on the team, and as long as they are there, the team can still compete in the Eastern Conference.
However, they are already looking at the future, trying to assemble a team that can go toe-to-toe against the powerhouses of the East, the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and even the struggling Brooklyn Nets. It won't be an easy job, but the Pacers seem to be on the right track.
Last season, they got rid of one of their best players, Domantas Sabonis, to bring in a talented point guard in Tyrese Haliburton. The former Sacramento Kings player was expected to do big things in California, but now he'll do them in Indiana, as the team has really high expectations for him.
Indiana Pacers See Tyrese Haliburton As Their New Reggie Miller
Haliburton showed flashes of what he could do in Sacramento, which is why many people were shocked when he was traded away. The player could easily lead that squad to compete in the West, but the controversial front office had different plans (as usual). Now, he's focused on creating something good with the Pacers, and the team is all-in on this man.
According to Zach Harper of The Athletic, the Pacers see Haliburton as a new version of Reggie Miller in terms of how impactful he can be for the team. Miller led them to compete against Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the 90s and then Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal's Lakers in the 2000s, and the front office wants to see that again with Tyrese.
Do they believe Tyrese Haliburton is a franchise building block or a great role player?
They are completely convinced Haliburton is a franchise building block. Whether or not they’re right, it’s too early to say, but they believe Haliburton, a pass-first guard, will be the kind of player who will help bring other players (free agents) into the fold. They see him as the next Reggie Miller in terms of his impact. (Right, good luck.)
As things stand right now, both parties are excited to be working together. Haliburton could be that piece the Pacers fans need to start believing again, while the team's officials are convinced he's the right one for the job. He has a bright future ahead, and if the management makes the right decisions, we could see this team competing for big things in the future. It looks like they have their cornerstone, and that's a huge step in the right direction.