Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard is confident the team will use the 11th overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft on a player who can make an immediate impact.
The team also has a second-round selection at No. 43.
Pritchard met with reporters Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to discuss a variety of draft-related topics. Here are the key points:
— “Four or five” players have been targeted and Pritchard says the team is confident one of them will be available in the first round.
— Pritchard said there’s been interest from other teams in acquiring the 11th pick and that the team wouldn’t rule out a trade.
— The Pacers like the depth of talent among the second-tier prospects and are confident they will add another quality player with the second-round selection.
— President Larry Bird has the final say on decisions, but picks are typically a consensus of everyone’s opinion. Pritchard said if there’s any strong disagreement, after the team has painstakingly strategized every scenario, then the team hasn’t done its job well.
— While the team has needs to address, the GM emphasized the first rule is still to select the best player available.
— The Pacers were not yet aware of forward David West’s reported decision to opt out of the final year of his contract, but Pritchard said the more the team knew about the future of West as well as center Roy Hibbert would help in looking ahead. West is reportedly going to opt out of his final year, according to The Indianapolis Star.
Here are some video excerpts of Pritchard’s comments.
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