The Indiana Pacers expected to be in playoff contention when they hired Rick Carlisle to take over as head coach. With an experienced coach taking over a talented roster, the Pacers had high hopes entering the year. It has turned out to be a disappointment, with the team struggling and stating its intentions to potentially start a rebuild by dealing its best players. The Pacers also made overtures for Ben Simmons, although it seems those dreams have passed.
Update — The Pacers have now dealt LeVert and Sabonis in separate deals before the deadline on Thursday. LeVert was traded to the Cavaliers and Sabonis was dealt to the Kings this week. In return, the Pacers have received Ricky Rubio, Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton. Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday were also involved in the deal with the Kings.
NBA Trade Deadline: Indiana Pacers
Buy or Sell? Sell, but only for the right return
Myles Turner, Caris LeVert and Domantas Sabonis are all officially on the block. The Pacers reportedly want multiple first-round picks or one first-round pick and a promising young player for Turner, which won’t happen. Indiana needs to be realistic about its potential return, which brings about the question of whether dealing Sabonis is the right move. The center is on a team-friendly contract and is a star with room to improve further. That’s not a talent you trade away.