The trade deadline is quickly approaching. We've all heard the rumors already. But, there's one option the Pacers should, if for nothing else but fan chatter, consider. Take a hop, then a skip to the jump...Is there a player, or players in the NBA that would be worth getting (assuming of course, that they're available or that their team would consider trading them) if we had to give up our 2010 draft pick?
I know there is a large sentiment of people who are only rooting for this team to do poorly (including myself some days) just to have a shot at one of the exciting players at the top of this year's draft. But, what if we could use the combination of some of the players we currently have (Troy Murphy, T.J. Ford, and the expiring contracts of Luther Head, Travis Diener, and Earl Watson) with a top-5 protected draft pick from 2010?
The Pacers could still get young, proven players at positions of need. With a high draft pick, that should also enable the Pacers to go after higher caliber talent. I just have to wonder if the Pacers are overvaluing some of the current players on the roster.
The way things are going right now at the trade deadline, it just seems like the Pacers are setting themselves up to get burnt - just like last year with Jamaal Tinsley. Maybe if the Pacers aren't able to find a trade partner of their liking, then perhaps they're really have the upper hand next season when many of the current players are in the final year of their contracts. I know Larry doesn't want to make a trade just to make a trade, but is it worth consideration to use their 2010 draft pick to see what is available?