It's possible we could be contenders next season, provided Bird and Walsh make the right moves this offseason. Shawne Williams definitely seemed like an odd pick, but I suppose Bird believed that no one else availiable would be a big contributor right away, and Shawne could be a star. I personally don't like it, and this guy seems like Jon Bender all over again.
Anyway, if the front office and trade away Peja and perhaps Tinsley for some talent, I think the Pacers could be a serious playoff threat. Tinsley definitely needs to go, and if we can get a rotation player for him all the better. Peja needs to go as well, but we should try to get talent back for him rather than simply letting him walk. Shooting guard is an area of need, and Peja could perhaps land us a good one. We could include Stephen Jackson as well. A guy like Jerry Stackhouse or Corey Maggette would be nice, though I don't know how well we match up with those teams in terms of being trading partners. Perhaps for Tinsley we could get a spot up shooter type of guy.
I'd like to see a Pacers lineup like this next year:
2. Maggette/James White
3. Granger/Shawne Williams
Granger and Shawne can slide over to play the 4 at times. That team doesn't have a ton of outside shooting, so it will be important for Sarunas to get minutes and contribute in those minutes.