The Colts Need to pay some people now and get some help for Matt Ryan.

Throughout this free agency, I keep thinking to myself… Why? Why isn’t Chris Ballard out here looking to chuck some dough around. What is he waiting for!?! Does he not see the writing on the wall? He needs to fix this team QUICK if he wants to be the General Manager for the Colts for much longer. I can’t imagine that Irsay will stand for this much longer considering how outspoken he’s been this last week on his frustrations with some of the moves made by the organization (mostly Carson) and his frustration with consistently losing to the Tenessee Titans. He’s had enough and he knows most of the fan base has had enough as well.

This guy wants to win bad.

So even following the acquisition of a proven veteran in Matt Ryan the Colts are still dominating the cap clearing game. I don’t get why Ballard hasn’t thrown a bag yet. I mean Irsay has been candid this week on what he’s wanting out of his squad, and I would think if I were Ballard I’d be looking to pay somebody, show that you are out here using the cap space that you’ve worked so hard to get. While getting the QB was essential, now we need somebody who can set the tone and the attitude of the receiving room.

We need to get some help. At least one of the remaining wide receivers out there is a must. We need a veteran presence to get in the buildingand help set the tone throughout our wide receiver room. While Michael Pittman is developing well, he is doing just that, developing. We need a receiver who’s been around and has really cut his teeth. We need someone who can come in and be the veteran presence all of our developing receivers can look toward.

For those of us out there thinking that we need to trust the plan here, unfortunately the plan has gotten us to middle of the road play with a carousel at the single most important position in the game. Chris Ballard is an absolute A+ talent evaluator in my book. But man… he needs to be willing to spend some of this cap space if he wants to keep calling the shots in my personal opinion. I don’t know what dream scenario Chris Ballard thinks is just waiting to present itself. But there’s no pride in going into the season as the most underpaid team in the league, so do something and make a splash Chris!

I truly believe Will Fuller has a lot left to play for. I think getting him would be a great boost to our offense. In my own, unprofessional and often delusional opinion, Will Fuller would compliment Michael Pittman Jr.’s game nicely. Will Fuller has got some NASA grade burners when fully healthy. While the last injury to hold him out was a broken thumb, I believe that his speed should not be the issue. Paying Fuller would present Matt Ryan with a dependable option at each level of the field. Jonathon Taylor in the flat, Michael Pittman in the middle, and Will Fuller in the deeper part of the field. I really think if protected by a line committed to the game plan this year, that offense could be something to write home about.

Also I guess there is Jarvis Landry… But I’m thinking his personal evaluation of his own skills may be a tad out of the range that Ballard may be willing to spend. But, I’d figure a man with his job on the line, as I believe Chris Ballard is, he’d be looking for any way to succeed at any cost to the Colts. For better or worse Chris, you can’t spend the money when you’re gone. What are you waiting for?!

Don’t be a cheapskate Chris.

For The Shoe.

JUST GET ME ONE TOP FREE AGENT! Tyrann Mathieu to the Colts seems like it may have legs. Short thoughts.

Just one time. Just one time I want to land a top tier free agent. What’s the point of all this cap space if we aren’t going to use it on a stud or two? Tyrann Mathieu appears to be having odds on him to the Colts. It appears the gambling site oddschecker has moved the Colts into the odds favorite to get Tyrann Mathieu from free agency, following his tenure in Kansas City.

Tyrann Mathieu seems to be the biggest named free agent still available on the defensive side of the ball. With the Colts being seen as favorite a few places, I have to say this must really have some legs. Because when are we EEEVVVEEERRRR the favorite for a projected free agent landing zone? Not too often. I seem to get my hopes up each and every year that we will get the free agents of top caliber, but rarely is this ever the case.

I’ve gotten my hopes up time and time before. And time and time before I’ve been let down. We have yet to make a real splash in free agency in the Ballard era. The largest splash we’ve seen was Carson Wentz and I’ll say the unexpected move of Matt Ryan was solid, with the actual verdict to come following his play on the field. We haven’t had a solid free agent track record from our current regime. So I am cautious to get too invested in potentially wishful thinking.

Although, I believe if the Colts can secure Tyran Mathieu and he can perform up to the level that we’ve seen from him over the course of his career, the Colts defense could have the most intuitive defensive duo in the NFL. Darius Leonard and Tyronn Mathieu are both very, very intuitive players. Their instincts and knowledge for the game seem to put them in positions to make a play more often than not. Not many players possess this gift to any degree, while these two guys may be some of the best examples of this in the NFL.

He would enter that Colts’ locker room and immediately seek to aid Darius in setting a tone of attitude and rock steady defense. His resume speaks for itself and would speak volumes to those within the Colts organization. He is a genuine leader, and after watching the Colts last year, other than Darius, I feel like our leadership was lacking. The Colts Need to go out and get the guys that will help “set the tone” for lack of a better explanation.

While all of this is very promising I can’t help but fear a potential fall off in Tyrann’s game following his next contract signing. I’m sorry I just don’t see him remaining in that top tier of NFL safeties for too much longer. I imagine he may be looking for this next contract to be his last MAJOR payday. If this is the case, I think he may be looking for a longer contract, and get really comfortable wherever he lands next. I don’t know how tied down we’d want to be with a major contract spent on Mathieu when there seem to be more imperative roles that need to be paid and cemented within our franchise. (Fingers crossed we got QB covered for a few more years if Matt Ryan should find a second wind in Indianapolis and want to stick around).

Here’s hoping something can come of this. I will be over the moon if we are able to land him. Because ultimately, this salary cap is going to climb. And there seems to be more and more ways that creative accounting is allowing teams to manipulate that salary cap. So throw it all at him. Get our number 1 recruiter Darius Leonard on the case! I’m ready to see Tyrann Mathieu suit it up For The Shoe.

Matt Ryan to the Colts. A hopelessly optimistic fanboy’s thoughts.

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

-Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart, Late 13th Century Theologian and probable Colts fan

Alright… So we’ve finally figured out who will be under center for the Indianapolis Colts this season. In doing so we see yet another new beginning for the franchise. Just yesterday Matt Ryan was traded to the Colts for the 82nd pick (3rd round). And I have got to say… I will take it. Now I know nothing about constructing a winning squad in the NFL, but I’m going to run with this straight from the gut and say I love it.

You have to think about the situation that Ballard had gotten the Colts into. Matt Ryan was the best option. An option that didn’t seem available at the beginning of free agency. I mean the Atlanta Falcons really did their franchise star for the last 2 decades dirty in this one. It seemed out of the blue that an Atlanta rebuild was presented, even though it was desperately needed. It still looked like they would ride with Matt Ryan until the wheels fell off.

Matt Ryan has been the face of the Atlanta Falcons for 14 years. While I am grateful that we have addressed our most glaring issue on the roster, can’t help but feel like Matt Ryan got absolutely dissed by the front office here. He restructured his monster contract in order to give the front office the ability to get him other guys with more cap space in good faith, and they did not reciprocate. I believe the fans of Indianapolis will welcome him with open arms and he will forget the franchise that did him dirty pretty shortly after his arrival in The Circle City.

While a 20 to 12 isn’t a great TD to Interception ratio. I truly believe that most of Atlanta’s roster is absolute doodoo stank, except the freak of nature that is Kyle Pitts and a few defensive dogs.  I really believe that we may get to see sparks of Matt Ryan of old when he had a run game to open the playbook a bit. I remember when Matt Ryan had a tandem of Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman (Shout out my Hoosiers) where the Falcons offense was dominant. Yes that was with Julio Jones and Matt probably both in the prime of their careers, but then again with guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tommy Titles out there whose to say he can’t have a strong showing in this his 15th season in the NFL.

I really believe that Jonathon Taylor will open up the passing game in a way that Matt has not seen in quite some time. Of course there are still glaring needs in the passing game. But if Michael Pittman Jr. can continue to progress and we are able to find a reliable deep threat either through what’s left of free agency or the draft, we could really see something out of this squad. This year’s wide receiver draft class is pretty stacked so we may be able to pick someone up that could make an immediate impact. Although there is now a glaring hole at Tight End (barring Mo Allie-Cox stepping up to what I believe his potential could be), a deep threat to compliment Michael Pittman’s game would be exceptional in my very unprofessional, very biased opinion.

Another effect that signing Matt Ryan might have is the free agency of Julio Jones. And while even just typing that out makes me feel like I may be going a little senile, it hasn’t stopped Darius Leonard from going to recruit the Hall of Fame bound wide receiver. Darius tweeted out yesterday,
“@juliojones_11 aye man hear me out! Matt have already thrown you a lot of touchdowns in the dome in Atlanta, y’all could finish what y’all started in Atlanta in the dome here in Indy!” And yeah, a tweet may not mean much. But hey, why not kick the tires. If this is a possibility we could really see an entirely new offense in Lucas Oil next season.

I’ll be the first to admit while writing this I am getting flashbacks to when we signed Carson Wentz. This hopeful, and admittedly somewhat unwarranted optimism is an all too familiar feeling that I felt 3 times in the last 3 years. Rivers. Wentz. And now Ryan. But whatever… I bleed Blue. So I’m riding with this team for better or worse.

So all in all, I’m possibly too optimistic about what Matt Ryan had left to offer, but then again I didn’t expect Phillip Rivers to do jack in Indianapolis. And honestly I was wanting him to come back for a second season. I believe Matt Ryan to have an even better chance to make a difference in our season than Phillip did. Which is very promising in my own opinion. So I will be putting all of my chips on Matt Ryan this year. For better or worse I was born a Colts fan, an irrationally loyal one at that. So excited about this season, I’m on board wherever this may lead.

The Carson Wentz era has come to an end… just some thoughts defending the trade.

Carson is out in Indy.

Now that can’t be breaking for anyone here. But I wanted to take some time to mull it over before writing this. And I just wanted to lay out a few thoughts this hopelessly optimistic fan boy has on this trade.

I don’t see any problem with the trade. I can see our fan base is divided… many are clambering that we should have kept Wentz. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! We had bottom tier production from a quarterback that stands to be the 9th highest paid player in the NFL next season.

This level of play from the NINTH HIGHEST PAID PLAYER IN THE ENTIRE LEAGUE!! unacceptable. If you are honest with yourself and honest with what yourself you know this to be true. Best case scenario we give someone a shot… someone overlooked and he becomes the next Tom Brady (so ridiculous… but you can’t say that wouldn’t be best cast scenario right?). Or worst case, we don’t have any real and stable option at QB but are still in the black with far more cash to play with. All this to say Carson Wentz may have been the worst value in all of sports this last season. I’m definitely not wanting Ballard to run it back for him to figure it out while taking a cool 32 milli from the Colts Salary Cap. I’m sorry but if your making that scratch you need to at least bring stability and game management skills to the table. Carson Wentz can’t get out of his own head, and we can’t keep waiting to see if he’ll figure it out.

Word on the street is that Carson sought to “clear the air” and Jim Irsay wasn’t even willing to meet with him. Frank Reich I guess has apologized to Irsay as well for pushing for the trade so hard.

Listen, I know we don’t have many, if any, options on the table for reliability under center. But what I do know is this trade frees up enough cap space to surround an equally mediocre quarterback with better weapons. I’m hoping this goes a long way in getting a much needed second receiving threat to free up Michael Pittman Jr. It is much easier to accept middling quarterback play when it doesn’t come with a 32,000,000 dollar price tag.

With the NFL cap moving from $182.5 million per side, to $208.2 million, the Colts have a significant chunk of bank to play with the free agency, starting March 16 officially, offering some answers to other glaring holes in both the defense and offense. This money allows us to get a stronger corner to sit opposite Kenny Moore II or an edge rusher too get more pressure on the QB and free up Deforest more plays. It allows us to offer better receivers a contract.

All in all, this is good people. The AFC is packed to the brim with dominant and YOUNG quarterbacks. If you don’t have one of these guys (Patty Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, etc), you don’t have a shot to win unless you can find someone to manage a game, and there is not a single other glaring flaw in your game. While it seems that all of the elite options at QB are running out, we had to make this trade to sure up the other positions if we are looking to compete this year. If that means having similar play from a QB who we have to pay 1/4 of what the Commanders will be paying Carson . If we have to run it back with anything other than a top notch QB, may as well allocate our money towards getting a supporting cast that can close the gap on the top teams in the AFC.

For those of you looking for Carr to join the squad. I don’t want to say we’d have to pay bookoo bucks. But we would really have to shell out for a huge price tag on a contract extension I would imagine. And I also think he still enjoys the Raiders franchise, even with all the off the field issues that seem to be running rampant through that squad and front office. Each day I wake up, Carr seems like less and less of a possibility. Here’s to still holding out hope though.

Chris Ballard says a whole lot of nothing, while actually saying all he needs to regarding Wentz.

Link to Chris Ballard’s press conference from the Senior Bowl

While saying absolutely nothing, Chris Ballard was able to almost perfectly express his own frustration over the Carson Wentz situation. How much must this guy hate having to answer that question with a restrained and controlled, hollow answer day after day?

TY. I love you. Personally, your in my 5 favorite Colts of all time. I say favorite because I know he isn’t the best, but boy has he been a pleasure for a large portion of my life watching sports religiously. But his lack of production as well as the injuries across the board tells us the Indianapolis Colts need an overhaul in the wide receiver room (apart from Pittman Jr.). We have to go get some options to throw the ball deep if we really want a qb who CAN throw the ball deep!

I’m starting to spiral on the fear of this season. Indianapolis has pigeon holed themselves by building a roster that is quite arguable to most well rounded in the league. Absolute Dawgs on both sides of the ball. Can handle their own in a dude off against any squad in the league. But the apparent talent at each position only sheds light on just how poor the situation at Quarterback is. You can’t win in this league without production under center. And while Carson had his moments, the guy seemed to be lacking a sniff of a clutch gene. With more and more coming out detailing how the Quarterback off season may not be a quarter as hectic as everyone had thought it might be I am becoming more and more resigned to having to run it back with Wentz.

And listen, there are ffffaaarrrr too many Colts fans that say “it’s been a year! give him some time.” To them I say, that is the dumbest thing I have heard in a minute! This is years of bad play. He got more than enough time to prove himself in Philly and got ran out of town. Also, newsflash if you don’t understand how the salary cap and drafting goes in the NFL, good teams can’t keep all their guys. The Colts are in their window of opportunity to get a Super Bowl. It feels like we are in a Ferrari driving for greatness, only problem is we are missing the steering wheel to steer the whole thing!

As each day passes I grow more weary on the reality of the Colts QB situation. I also grow more convinced we need to go get Jameis to eat some “W”s in Indianapolis.

I keep convincing myself that our defense will be able to negate his own Turnover rate (which to Winston’s credit is ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING) to a certain extent and while also giving us a QB who racks up yards. I mean his stats are pretty hilarious considering how often he’s been at or near the top in total yards in the NFL while also leading the league in turnovers at points. If we have to have a sub par option, may as well be a fun one to watch!

I WANT TO TRUST YOU GUYS, I DO!!! But come on!

Broncos Beat Writer: Teddy Bridgewater to Indianapolis Colts. Guy obviously knows nothing.

“I see Teddy as a perfect fit for Indy,” said Patterson on the Mile High Insiders podcast. “A one-year, two-year deal with Indy and try to see what they want to do there. I think it makes too much sense not to happen”

si.com

What an all time dunce. Classic beat reporters throwing it at the wall. I wouldn’t give this too much thought. I mean “see what we want to do here”, you gotta be kidding me with that mess!! In case the league isn’t on notice yet. THE COLTS ARE IN WIN NOW MODE. We just built the team around an empty hole waiting to be filled by a quarterback that understands the opportunity there is to win with the roster Chris Ballard has built. This type of Quarterback seems to be showing up more and more often in the NFL these days.

We got some DAWGS just waiting for an Alpha QB to lead the pack to the promised land. I’d even be able to look past the cringe factor of Mr. UNLIMITED. PLEASE GOD JUST GET THE COLTS AN ARM FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!!

While this does seem an all time dumb move to me, I’m not paid the big bucks to make this decision and I’m smart enough to know just how dumb I am, but this just doesn’t jive with me. I will say Pat McAfee backing up this thought is a little disconcerting because I believe Pat is still very familiar with the top brass in Indianapolis. I could see him hearing a lot of noise before it’s made public… here’s hoping Pat doesn’t know anything on the matter

Fan Duel

And here’s hoping our boys get the help they deserve before my whole future is a series of “What If” reflections on the squad we current have. Get these guys a ring now, because we can’t keep this squad forever waiting for the most important piece to present itself.

These Dawgs deserve a dawg leading the offense!!!

Here’s hoping Ballard already has a plan in place, because I am really tired of having to scramble for a QB year after year. Stability is great everyone, but stability is needed at more than general manager and the head coach position. Indianapolis is in their window of success and need to capitalize this off season and free agency if the Colts don’t want to be looking back on this time and thinking, we should have gave it all for a quarterback. Either way, I’ll continue trusting the process of Chris Ballard and the Colts’ front office.

With all the hypotheticals out there currently it can be easy to spin out and go crazy as a Colts fan this off season. Without some major moves by the Colts in free agency and trading draft picks honestly, they will be dead in the water. All those who say run it back with Carson haven’t watched him over the passed 3 years of his career, and haven’t been watching the games at all I guess. That can’t be the solution. Sending only positive vibes to the front office though. Let’s go get some more dawgs this year!

Indianapolis Colts in line to lock down Casey Hayward for next season?

In updating their projected landing spots for their top-50 ranked free agents of the 2022 offseason, Pro Football Focus believes the Colts will sign former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory and former Los Vegas Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward. This feels like cheating, but Hayward and Gus Bradley should be on the same team until Hayward retires. Bradley’s Cover-3 scheme fits Hayward’s skill set perfectly, as it allows him to use his instincts and smarts. The Colts could replace Xavier Rhodes with Hayward on the outside. However, coverage performance from year to year can be streaky. Hayward recorded a 59.5 PFF grade in 2020 and then a 76.6 in 2021, but he could just as easily revert back to a sub-60 grade in 2022.” – Kevin Hickey, USA today.

Just to catch you all up on Casey Hayward… It’s been 4 years since he’s nabbed a spot on the NFL top 100 list. But, this guy’s still got game though… Big Trust.

This signing would be a huge boost in addressing our looming free agent holes. With Pro Bowl cornerback Kenny Moore headlining, Casey Hayward brings skill and MASSIVE experience to the Colts second CB position. I think this signing is a no brainer, unlike the current QB situation.

While Casey Hayward lacks the hands of most corners(who already aren’t receivers largely due to lack of hands), he has experience for days over most of the league. This experience is sooooo massively important for a cornerback. This experience allows a player to know where to be on the field. He’s seen it all, and in turn, knows how to counter it all!

While most sites and media outlets see Indianapolis as the landing spot for Hayward this offseason, this signing will go a small way in locking up a Super Bowl quality team for Indianapolis. The only other problem is addressing the Edge and QB positions. Easily the two most important positions in the game… so while this is a sign of promising acquisitions to come, I need to hear that we can lock up those other two positions if the Colts have any shot in hell this year!

Given the previous relationship between new Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley and Casey Hayward, this will be a great match. While many thought Hayward may have fallen off last year, he stepped up and contributed to a stout Raiders secondary. Here’s to Casey Hayward on the Colts!!!!

As is always the case, I write this FOR THE SHOE!

The Colts Need to Cut Carson Wentz and spring for Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, or Aaron Rodgers

I’d say it’s about past time that the Carson Wentz Era in Indianapolis has come to an end. We are at a crucial impass. We must win NOW!!!

There’s just no winning with Carson Wentz at the helm of the team. The Colts find themselves in their WIN NOW window. Unfortunately, we can’t take the take for Carson to figure it out or “get comfortable”. He ran Frank Reich’s offense for years, if he doesn’t get it by now, what are we even doing here? The Carson Wentz era is coming to a close, and it absolutely has too. We just saw teams make the playoffs that have franchise studs under center for any team that was making any real push. The Colts are a Super Bowl team without a Super Bowl Quarterback right now. So I just wanted to look at 3 options that are making themselves ever more apparent and each day.

Russell Wilson

First let’s discuss Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson is a proven gamer, that has stepped up time and time again in huge moments. He is a top quarterback and an absolute master of his craft. A proven Super Bowl champion playmaker should be a no brainer right? Well personally, I don’t want the Indianapolis Colts to take on such an odd duck. I mean anyone who has ever seen Russell Wilson describe his inner persona “Mr. Unlimited” as his hero (I’m pretty sure both the multiple personas and the inflated sense of self here both lean towards sociopathic in my mind) knows how unsettling this guy can be. Someone that odd has garnered a reputation for being a little off from the rest of the league by now in his career. It may be one thing two work with that when you’ve drafted it and have built the entire locker room around that. I just believe that a lot of these factors make it hard for Russell to be able to plug into a championship locker room and click with the guys.

It’s a no for me dog.

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers is not a pending free agent. He and the Packers agreed to a restructured contract last summer. In that deal, a void year was added for 2023 – meaning he would be able to enter free agency and be ineligible for the franchise tag after next season. The contract was also structured so that the Packers would save nearly $20 million against the cap if Rodgers is traded before June 2022. Based on that language, many have speculated that he will seek a trade this offseason.

-Logan Reardon, NBC SPORTS

This one is ACTUALLY getting interesting. Aaron Rodgers to Indianapolis sounds like a shitty day dream I may have had the year we ran it with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Love the heck out Jacoby, he just isn’t “THE GUY”. Every team in the NFL is looking The Guy. Aaron Rodgers in one step about “the guy” he’s entered the realm of “That Dude”. “The Guy” can get into your franchise and make you a competitor, “That Dude” can win a Super Bowl with any team so long as he’s on it. If Aaron Rodgers goes to the Indianapolis Colts, the Colts would immediately become Super Bowl favorites in my book. Yes, we would need to address a deep threat option in the receiving corp, but we would be absolutely set for a Super Bowl run.

What’s helping the Colts in the Rodgers race would be their location in the AFC South, meaning that the only way the Green Bay Packers would have to face their spurned QB in a playoff game would be in the Super Bowl. This also helps the Broncos or anyone else in the AFC in their bid for Aaron Rodgers. I wouldn’t really be getting to wound up by Aaron Rodgers to Indianapolis rumors, Rodgers is notoriously “hollywood” and I wouldn’t be surprised if following his time in Green Bay he would want to overcorrect to one of the largest markets possible. I will say, the fact that even ESPN reports this as a possibility makes me fear for the all too familiar let down sure to come my way.

Kyler Murray

While Aaron Rodgers is by far the best option in my opinion, especially for a “win now” team like the Colts, I think I’d rather have Kyler Murray. Yes, Aaron would give us the best shot at a Super Bowl right now, but if the Colts were able to go out and land Kyler Murray than we would be a Super Bowl contender RIGHT NOW, with a franchise QB for the forseeable future. Whatever team gets Aaron Rodgers will most likely be dealing with a Manning to Denver or Tom Brady to Tampa Bay vibe. Both awesome scenarios resulting in Super Bowls for those teams, but both short in tenure. With Kyler Murray under center the run game could explode behind the combination of Jonathon Taylor, the offensive line, and now the scattiest quarterback out there.

Any way you boil it down. It’s time for everyone here to move on. Unfortunately, I don’t know what this would mean for Carson Wentz, as I don’t know how many other places he will get serious starting QB knods. If you couldn’t take this Colts team to the playoffs, there is a serious problem. One that MUST be addressed.

For the Shoe,

-Burke

side note: We are currently looking for someone to head up writing for our Packers, Lions, and other midwest fanbases. Please let me know!

Domantas Sabonis has huge game in debut for the Kings. Now trade Myles Turner.

A new era of basketball is upon the Kingdom as Sacramento debuted its newest additions in their recent blockbuster trade resulting in a 132-119 victory on Wednesday night.

Former Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday and Jeremy Lamb were available to play in the Kings’ second consecutive contest hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it was the first chance for this fanbase to see the latest acquisitions take the floor in the purple and black.

Alvin Gentry rolled out a starting five of De’Aaron Fox and Holiday at the guard position, while Harrison Barnes, Chimezie Metu spread at the wing spot while Sabonis snagged the center position. After missing last night’s contest, Richaun Holmes was active for Sacramento – many speculating he might be the next domino to fall in this trade-heavy week.

One thing Sabonis brought to the table immediately was a high-level vision. Fox found him for an easy dink and dump in the opening seconds of play, gifting Domas with this first bucket in a Kings’ uniform. From the jump, the big man was able to flex his elite passing capabilities with ease – facilitating in a brand of fast-paced play where Metu was the primary beneficiary of with ten first quarter points off Sabonis’ dimes. In what was set up to be an exciting night, Sabonis finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists.

-Marina Drab, Sactownroyalty.com SBNATION

credit: clutchpoints.com

What An unreal stat line for Sabonis in his first game as a Sacramento King. I normally would not even think about writing a Kings blog, but this one is needed. As it seems half of the kings today were Pacers yesterday. 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists is a huge game for the all-stars debut. While it does break my heart to see him go, I realize it was necessary. The pacers are bad, like really bad, like pppppaaiiinnnnfffuuullllllyyyy bad. This is due to a lack of any sense of an identity.

The team needs to rebuild, and while under the ownership of Herb Simon, this seems to be the most aggressive the Pacers have ever been towards a total tear-down rebuild. Something needed done in Indy to position ourselves to really capitalize on this year’s potentially top 5 pick.

In order to make any of this worth is unfortunately we need to deal Myles Turner today, deal him in a package with Buddy Hield and you can get some serious draft equity and set ourselves up to compete. I was and still am waiting for the rest to blow up.

Say what you will about the Indiana Pacers, but we really are a stable organization. We are stably in the 2nd tier of the NBA from year to year, but still stable. The last 2 decades it seems the Pacers have put together some really good teams. While really good teams are fun and all, I would easily trade 10 really good years for 1 year with an NBA title. We need a soft reboot if we are ever going to be able to compete for NBA Championships.

I commend the Pacers for actually pulling the trigger on this trade instead of just second guessing ourselves into missing the shot to make the deal. I am still hoping that by 3 pm today we have dealt Myles Turner and Buddy Hield to Toronto for Dragic, some light contracts ,and some serious draft picks. This trade would push Toronto closer to seriously competing this year by adding both interior defense and shooting. Two very important aspects of basketball wouldn’t you say? Make it happen!

-Burke

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