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An unusual amount of noise involving the Pacers at trade deadline.

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Will the Pacers season take another turn before the NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET on March 25 (Thursday)?

The names of several Pacers have found their way into many a trade rumor report by reputable reporters around the NBA. Most notably of late, Myles Turner, Aaron Holiday, Domantas Sabonis, Doug McDermott and Malcolm Brogdon have all been mentioned as targets of other teams.

It is amazing to think how in the offseason, Myles Turner and possibly Doug McDermott were an affirmative nod by Danny Ainge away from going to Boston for Gordon Hayward which certainly would’ve altered the dynamic of the Pacers. It is hard to imagine where the Pacers would be without either player, considering their production so far this season.

Now, as J. Michael reported (see links), the Pacers would have to be offered a ‘no brainer’ deal to move the big man whose value has increased dramatically thanks to the defensive impact he’s made along with a much more assertive offensive game.

Still, injuries and a sub-.500 record with the deadline approaching may push the Pacers into being “sellers” instead of “buyers” looking to accrue young talent and picks while the value of their players remains high. Honestly, the thought of dealing Sabonis or Brogdon seems outlandish and either would fetch a big piece in return. If you could get Aaron Gordon and a pick for Sabonis (as my friend Mike pined for), the Pacers might be able to move forward while maintaining post-season hopes. But Gordon has suiters in Boston, Portland and surely elsewhere to content with.

Regardless, there remains a lot of noise by Pacers’ standards this close to the deadline. As you can read in all of the blurbs that mention the Pacers, there are certainly incoming calls for deals on a variety of levels and while the season has hit many bad turns with injuries slowing down Plan A, dealing for a short-term boost this season would be short sighted considering a realistic shot at a title appears moot.

As mentioned on The Mismatch podcast by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, there are rumblings that the frustrating season is creating tension in the Pacers locker room and some players “aren’t super into Nate Bjorkgren and there are some issues with the way the style is there.” If there is indeed more internal strife after the players (Malcolm Brogdon) ran off Nate McMillan, then the next move for the organization is to change the makeup of the roster.

It is hard to believe those rumblings aren’t something that can be worked out considering the glowing reviews of Bjorkgren from the players when they were off to a good start. But adversity can expose issues and the recent spate of losing certainly has everyone frustrated and if they are splintering rather than coming together, that’s a problem.

Over the weekend, it appeared they were coming together after adjusting to fix what was ailing them. Hopefully, one night in MIlwaukee didn’t destroy that effort.

So with all of the juicy trade deadline gossip out there, what do you think the Pacers should do? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Check out the links:

Game Rewind: Pacers 113, Bucks 140 | Indiana Pacers

Game Preview: Pacers vs Pistons | Indiana Pacers

Pacers in the NCAA Tournament | Indiana Pacers

NBA trade deadline: Indiana Pacers aren't shopping Myles Turner - Indy Star

Pacers vs. Bucks: Missing 2 starters, Pacers pose no threat in blowout - Indy Star

NBA trade deadline - Latest inside intel and most likely deals - Zach Lowe

2021 NBA trade deadline - Latest buzz, news and reports - ESPN

NBA trade deadline week 2021: Live updates, news and observations from our insiders – The Athletic

Sources -- Houston Rockets progressing in talks to trade Victor Oladipo - ESPN Woj

Pacers listening to pitches on Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis could be next - Yahoo! Sports

The Latest Intel Heading Into NBA Trade Deadline Week - The Ringer

2021 NBA trade deadline buzz: March 22 edition | NBA.com

2021 NBA trade deadline buzz: March 23 edition | NBA.com

Report: LA Clippers Potential Suitors for Indiana Pacers Guard Malcolm Brogdon - Sports Illustrated LA Clippers News, Analysis and More

Payback, Vitamin D and Turner's defense — Pacers leave Miami with two wins and 'a very big confidence boost' - Fieldhouse Files with Scott Agness

Indiana Pacers Could Go In Many Directions At The NBA Trade Deadline - Forbes

Indiana Pacers: Somebody has to step up in the second unit

The Ringer's 2021 NBA Draft Guide