INDIANAPOLIS -- Taken separately, the Indiana Pacers' recent moves have left open the door for criticism.
Viewed as a whole, however, the net result has been a gain in size, depth and talent for the roster.
After retaining restricted free agent starters Roy Hibbert (four years, 58 million) and George Hill (five years, 40 million), team President Donnie Walsh and General Manager Kevin Pritchard made a series of aggressive moves to strengthen the second unit.
Free agent center Ian Mahinmi (four years, 16 million) was acquired from Dallas in a sign-and-trade deal that sent Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones to the Mavericks. Gerald Green (three years, 10 million) and D.J. Augustin (one year, 3.4 million) were signed as free agents.
"To all those people who criticize it, I would say this: Give us a chance to play and take a look at it before you make a quick judgment," Walsh said Friday at a press conference announcing the Hibbert and Hill deals. "That's how all this winds up -- are ...