Here is what I read from ESPN Insider’s NBA Rumor Central:
The Indiana Pacers are in a rebuilding mode and could be a free agent player in 2011 if all the players with expiring contracts after next season are not retained. Those players are Mike Dunleavy ($10.56 million), T.J. Ford ($8.5 million), Jeff Foster ($6.65 million), Solomon Jones ($1.5 million) and Troy Murphy ($11.96 million).
The Pacers can also use all those expiring contracts to make trades. Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star has some thoughts about the draft and Murphy.
Wells writes: “The Pacers want to trade some of their contracts that expire after next season. Murphy is the most attractive option. The catch is the Pacers don’t want to receive a contract that will hamper their rebuilding process. That could be the case if they want to acquire New Orleans point guard Darren Collison. The Hornets also are looking to unload some of their high-priced contracts. The Pacers could trade Murphy and draft a power forward with the No. 10 pick June 24. There is a good chance, though, that the Pacers will trade their pick to address their point guard concerns.”
According to Wells, the Pacers have talked with more than 20 clubs about various trade scenarios.