2013 NBA Free Agency: Offseason Grades for each Central Division team

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Indiana Pacers

Feb. 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola (left) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Players Added:

Rookies: F Solomon Hill

Free Agents: F Chris Copeland, G Donald Sloan, G C.J. Watson, F David West (re-signed)

Trades: F Luis Scola

Players Lost

Free Agents: G D.J. Augustin, F Tyler Hansbrough, F Jeff Pendergraph

Trades: G/F Gerald Green, C Miles Plumlee

Waived: None

The Pacers biggest issue a season ago was production from their bench and they have improved it in a big way.

Copeland adds instant scoring off the bench, even though he can’t guard anyone and Watson adds some production in the backcourt. The trade for Scola signifies that the pacers are going for it.

I thought they reached on Hill in the first round, but the Pacers are greatly improved overall. They nearly knocked off the Heat last season and are better on paper entering next season.

Grade: A-

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