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Pacers Podcast: “I just don’t see how a Jimmy Butler trade would work without sacrificing a lot of depth.”

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The Locked on Pacers podcast is hosted by Indycornrows staff writer Adam Friedman in collaboration with West Indianapolis Community News Pacers columnist Tony East.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) is guarded by Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Brian Spurlock
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On this week’s episode the guys discuss the impact of a Jimmy Butler trade, C.J. Wilcox’s injury and the ESPN Top 100 NBA players list. To listen to the episode click here.

Quick Note: Starting Oct. 1 I’m going to post a weekly Pacers column every Monday and occasionally Friday. The column will break down some of the biggest Pacer news of the week, plays I’ve liked and didn’t like and preview the upcoming matchups. I would also like to incorporate a mailbag piece to each column but for that I’ll need questions. I’ll remind people in my posts over the next couple weeks, but if you have at least a semi-related Pacer mailbag question you want answered click this Google link to submit them or clicking here.

Jimmy Butler trade:

-Breaking down how good the Cavaliers, Heat, Bucks, 76ers and Pistons would be if they traded for Butler.

-Possible trade scenarios for the Pacers.

-The salary cap implications of Butler’s max extension.

-Why the Pacers probably won’t trade for Butler but instead attempt to go after him in free agency.

C.J. Wilcox’s injury and the Omari Johnson signing:

-Why Johnson and Elijah Stewart are now the front runners for Indiana’s second two-way contract.

-Why the Pacers could look elsewhere for a two-way player.

-The real impact of a two-way player in terms of NBA value.

ESPN Top 100 NBA players ranking:

-Why ESPN values Victor Oladipo 2017-18 season more than Sports Illustrated The Crossover.

-Why Darren Collison and Tyreke Evans got ranked on ESPN and not in Sports Illustrated’s.

-Why Domantas Sabonis is properly ranked by ESPN.

-Why Myles Turner’s ranking might be too high, but who the hell really knows?

-Why Tony seemed to forgot Thad Young was ranked.

Enjoy the episode!