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.
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