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Report: Pacers could swap Al Jefferson for DeMarre Carroll

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By acquiring the veteran wing, Indiana would be making a long-term move for the present.

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The Pacers could trade Al Jefferson’s partially guaranteed contract for next season to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for DeMarre Carroll, reports USA Today’s Sam Amick.

Prior to Indiana’s come-from-behind victory over the Orlando Magic, General Manager Chad Buchanan did a pregame interview with Fox Sports Indiana’s broadcast team where he indicated that while they’re in “no hurry to change up anything with this team” they’re also not going to “sacrifice long-term sustainability to try to make a short-term run.”

Acquiring Carroll would provide them with veteran depth and improved defense at the team’s thinnest position without sacrificing long-term financial flexibility, since his four-year, $60 million contract runs out after next season.

As for Brooklyn, the swap would save the Nets nearly $15 million in guaranteed salary as well as create $11 million in room this summer.

Following his statistical drop-off with the Raptors — where he dealt with isolation-heavy offense along with an array of injuries — Carroll is putting up career numbers, averaging 13.2 points to go with 6.4 rebounds while getting back to shooting above 35 percent from three-point range.

Adding the 31-year-old’s eight years of experience to the wing rotation would give Nate McMillan another option on night’s when Bojan Bogdanovic’s shot and ability to read screens can’t compensate for his leaky defense against elite scorers.

Once Glenn Robinson III returns to action, the Pacers could also redistribute more of the Croatian sharpshooter’s minutes to the four position with bench lineups, if they so choose.

Overall, the Pacers have outscored opponents by 9.0 points per 100 possession in the 120 minutes that Bogdanovic has played at power fauxward beside Sabonis, per WOWY stats.

Jefferson would be missed as a mentor for Indiana’s young bigs, but reports indicate that Carroll has played a key role in fostering Brooklyn’s culture built upon trust and ball movement.

The NBA’s trade deadline is today at 3:00 PM.