Things are about to get real for the Pacers in their offseason efforts to improve.
After starting to re-revamp their bench with C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez on Wednesday, we were met this morning with a report from ESPN's Marc Stein that the Pacers and Suns are engaged in talks about trading for combo guard Goran Dragic.
Indiana Pacers, I'm told, have tried to engage Phoenix in trade talks for Goran Dragic, but teams have found no common deal ground. Yet— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2014
There remain questions past the dumbfounded, "Wut?" Like, how?
Why would the Suns trade the Most Improved Player from last season?
The Suns are trying to sign point guard Eric Bledsoe and just drafted Tyler Ennis. Dealing Dragic would let Bledsoe know the team is his to run. Dragic will be paid $7.5 million next year with a player option for 2015-16 at the same price.
Dragic helped lead the Suns to a pair of wins over the Pacers late in January, including an impressive 28 points and seven assists in the Fieldhoues. So if these talks proceed, Larry Bird will indeed need to break up the starting unit. The Suns may want to add Lance Stephenson, so a sign and trade could give Lance more money, although Dragic would be a repeat of George Hill as a 6'3 combo guard.
Hill might be the player on the move, if the Pacers can lock up Lance. The Suns could see Hill as a combo guard and no doubt Hill would earn 6th Man of the Year or Most Improved Player after leaving Indiana. The Suns are under the salary cap so they can absorbed money, so there are options available heading back to Phoenix.
So far, every time a name is mentioned with the Pacers this prominently, something happens soon thereafter, so stay tuned.
Also, I discussed day two and more on The Phil Naessens Show. Check it out.
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