Pacers president Larry Bird wants Indiana to play faster and more dynamically offensively.
Dropping Frank Vogel? A harsh move, but the coach seemed to prefer a more deliberate pace.
Hiring Nate McMillan? His history is with slow teams, but maybe he’ll adjust to a different roster.
Al Jefferson? Umm…
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Jefferson doesn’t fit the style Bird appeared to be trending toward one bit. That’s why Myles Turner should start at center.
To give the Pacers the benefit of the doubt, Jefferson could be effective as a change of pace off the bench. They don’t have to play the same way all the time. He could damage in the low post against backup bigs.
This is a reasonable enough price if the final year is unguaranteed. Jefferson can help now, but at 31, he might not remain a positive rotation player three years from now.