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The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is based in the state's largest city and capital, Indianapolis, Indiana, located in the center of the state.
Warriors fans hoped that 2005-2006 would finally be the season that the team ended their playoff drought. Receiving a boost from the younger players including Ike Diogu, Chris Taft, and Monta Ellis, the Warriors had a great start to the 2005-2006 season. They entered the new year with a winning percentage over .500 for the first time since 1994, but lost their first five games of 2006 and managed to win only 13 more games through the end of March. Davis failed to remain healthy and played in just 54 games. He suffered a sprained right ankle in mid February and didn't play much before he was listed as an inactive player the remainder of the season. Davis has been injury prone and has not played a full season since the 2001-2002 campaign.
2006 Offseason-- The "Restoration" Project
The 2006 offseason saw big changes to the Pacers roster. They drafted Shawne Williams and James White. Additionally on July 1st 2006 they completed a sign-and-trade with starting small forward Peja Stojakovic to the New Orleans Hornets for a $7.5 million trade exception. The trade raised questions around the league, as Stojakovic was a free agent and did not need to be traded for. Some believe the Hornets made the trade so the Pacers could use the exception to re-acquire Al Harrington in a sign-and-trade, keeping the top free agent away from the Western Conference. On August 22nd the Pacers completed the trade for Harrington in exchange for a future first round pick.
In July, forward Austin Croshere was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for guard/forward Marquis Daniels. The Pacers also made another trade with the Mavericks aquiring Darrell Armstrong, Rawle Marshall, and Josh Powell in exchange for Anthony Johnson .
The team lost Fred Jones and Scot Pollard via free agency, to the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively.
Another move saw the Pacers sign Euro League Player Maceo Baston who previously teamed with current Pacer Sarunas Jasikevicius on Israeli's premier team, Maccabi Tel Aviv.