CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers tries to move between Loul Deng #9 (L) and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Celtics aren't the only team that needs to fill a lot of holes when the lockout lifts. The Pacers are finally out from under some horrible contracts and are ready to rebuild in earnest.
The Indiana Pacers team to take the court will look far different than the team that filed out of the United Center after the playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls. Most of the key players from the late season success return, but there will be at least five roster spots to fill and money to spend on players that could accelerate the team's improvement. So while the Pacers have a good, young core of players, the strength currently lies in the flexibility the franchise has right now to improve the roster after the lockout.