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Pacers Links: Pacers ready to restart after NBA trade deadline reset roster

The Pacers used the trade deadline to rework their roster and clean up their financials.

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The dust has settled on a busy NBA trade deadline and the Pacers are ready to start moving in a new direction on the court when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Over the past few days, the Pacers moved five players, brought back four players who will play and one player (Ricky Rubio) who is out for the season and has an expiring contract. That creates some long-term cap room for the Pacers, but in the short-term the Pacers will save about $400,000 (as explained by Tony East) and avoid tax penalties while also getting much younger.

The last move which helped clean up the cap was sending veteran Torrey Craig to the Suns for a second-round pick and Jalen Smith. Shortly after the trade was announced, Jake Fischer initially reported that the Pacers would try to reroute Smith, but obviously that didn’t happen before the deadline passed. That may indicate that the Pacer don’t expect to re-sign Smith after this season, but for now he may be able to add some depth to the front court, at least until Myles Turner returns.

As for the signature pieces of the Pacers trades, Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson practiced with the team on Thursday and plan to play on Friday. There is certainly a benefit to having three players who know how to play together and, as Tristan Thompson mentioned, are pretty close as teammates.

All three, certainly won the press conference as they met the local media for the first time. In fact, Haliburton was incredible, oozing plenty of positive energy while also opening up about dealing with the stunning fact that he was traded. He already sounds like a seasoned vet and it doesn’t take much effort to see how he will become a fan favorite in no time.

Here is his interview from practice on Thursday:

Before you hit the links, here is a solid TJ Warren sighting.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Cavaliers | Indiana Pacers

Haliburton Ready to Fall for Indiana After Surprise Trade | Indiana Pacers

NBA trade deadline 2022: Grading every move as they happen - SBNation.com

Pacers Acquire Jalen Smith and 2022 Second-Round Pick from Suns | Indiana Pacers

Tyrese Haliburton "hurt" by Kings trade but excited to join Pacers

Report: Torrey Craig Traded to Suns from Pacers for Jalen Smith, 2nd-Round Draft Pick | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights