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Their improved depth is one reason the Pacers are considered the biggest threat to Miami’s three-year reign as Eastern Conference champs.

“There’s no doubt we’ve got a great core here with Roy and George (Hill). David West will be here and hopefully, Lance and Danny will be here for years to come, too,” coach Frank Vogel said. “But when you have Paul as one of your core pieces, that’s a pretty good place to start.”

Granger’s health is the biggest question heading into training camp. He missed all but five games last season because of a left knee injury, though Bird said Monday that Granger has “looked pretty good to me.”

The Pacers would look even better it they can lock up George now before the season starts. Indiana opens training camp on Saturday and host Orlando in the Oct. 29 season-opener.

“I never put a time-frame on it because if you do and it doesn’t happen then there are all kinds of questions,” Bird said. “We’ve started talking and it’s going to be an all-day thing, I’m sure. It always is.”