Operating in a land-locked, cold-weather, small-market city, the Pacers historically haven’t had done too much investing in the free agent market.
It tends to be too expensive and too risky. Make one mistake and your team can be hamstrung for years. The Knicks, Celtics, Lakers and Bulls can afford to eat a bad contract or two; not so the Pacers.
This is not to say the Pacers have not dabbled occasionally. Their history in free agency is not bedazzled by stars, but rather illuminated by a few hidden gems. Here’s my list of the five most significant in franchise history.