Are any current Indiana Pacers guaranteed to return next season?

Jeremy Lamb - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Lamb - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Indiana Pacers brought back virtually the same roster from the 2019-20 season into 2020-21 with the goal of making noise in the playoffs. After an early-season trade that sent Victor Oladipo out of Indiana and brought Caris LeVert into town, the Pacers have been hit with reality.

LeVert’s absence played a big role in Indiana’s struggles as the season progressed and now they are fighting an uphill battle. A couple of close but inspiring wins have the Pacers back in a good spot but there are still a lot of questions to answers.

Will the Indiana Pacers retain much of the roster next season?

Injuries have opened the door for a few young players to shine in extended minutes lately. Aaron Holiday has hit his stride in the past two weeks and is back to being the second-unit creator that Indiana needs. He followed up his strong performance against the Timberwolves with a 20-point showing against the Magic on Friday.

Edmond Sumner is playing at a level that even his biggest supporters could not have seen coming and has been a nice filler in the starting lineup. Goga Bitadze has done a wonderful job as the backup center with Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis both missing time lately.

In all, the Pacers have had to throw out some interesting lineups and rotations that many did not see coming when the season started. With other players stepping up in their absence and potentially exposing some holes that come with certain players, could the Pacers look to dissolve most of the current roster?

I think the Pacers will bring back most of the core next season because the talent is there once they work out some of the chemistry concerns. It is possible that some bigger names are moved by means of adding perimeter defenders but that’s probably the extent of it.

Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon should be safe unless an offer comes across the desk that the front office cannot refuse. Myles Turner, while extremely valuable to this team, will most likely have a number or interested suitors again this offseason but the Pacers will be hesitant to move him.

I doubt Indiana will do much to shake up the starting rotation but they could certainly mix up the bench quite a bit by replacing Jeremy Lamb, Aaron Holiday, Doug McDermott, and T.J. McConnell in free agency and the draft.

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