Mar 13, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. Orlando defeated Miami 104-98 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Barring a last second big man dropping in their lap or some other sort of favorable facilitation situation, the Indiana Pacers will likely keep their powder (cap space, picks, players) dry when the trade deadline passes on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET.
That doesn't mean they won't feel the impact, though. Last night the first big trade went through with Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson going to Golden State with Milwaukee picking up Monta Ellis, Epke Udoh and Kwame Brown. The Pacers still have to play the Bucks three times this season meaning they will have to deal with slowing down Ellis five times total this year after already playing the Warriors twice. The next time though, he'll be buzzing around the court with Brandon Jennings.
Also, Adrian Wojnarowski reported yesterday that Dwight Howard doesn't want to be traded, as the big man mentioned after the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat. But Howard's intentions are less than pure, according to Woj. Instead of staying around to help Orlando win, Howard is actually trying to cuckold the Magic into not trading him so he can go to the New Jersey Nets without his new team losing any assets in the process.
Lovely. Of course, the Magic keep winning but if the thing blows up the Pacers will be in better shape to move up to the third spot in the East. Should be an interesting 24 hours around the league.
With all of the rumors flying around please use the comments to add updates as news breaks around the trade deadline and of course, don't forget to add your own thoughts on what is going on, as well.