At this time last year, the Indiana Pacers could have been in for turbulent times.
Coming off only their second playoff appearance since 2006, they had just lost their chief architect, Larry Bird, to retirement. A new general manager, Kevin Pritchard, had recently come on board. Free agency was underway, and the Pacers were poised to be major players.
They had no choice.
Despite advancing to the second round of the postseason, the Pacers had glaring needs. They had cash to spend but little margin for error during what was still a rebuilding process.