Indiana Pacers: Examining a win-win trade scenario to bring Kemba Walker to Indy

Indiana Pacers, Kemba Walker - Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Pacers, Kemba Walker - Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
1 of 3

On point with their up-and-down season so far, the Indiana Pacers continue to struggle gaining momentum in the standings. After losing to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves in back-to-back games, they now tout a 9-14 win-loss card, firmly cementing themselves to 13th in the jampacked Eastern Conference.

With a tough schedule still awaiting them before a more modest deck later in the campaign, the Pacers’ character and viability to compete in the league with their roster will be tested hard. However, their middling start is far from encouraging. Despite silver linings, Indiana simply doesn’t have enough punch to overcome their lack of top-tier talent. Some changes will have to be made.

The Indiana Pacers could make an actual run for a former All-Star PG

The market is rather stale for significant need movers at this point. However, the Indiana Pacers can make a play for a former All-Star who can fill in some of their needs.

Kemba Walker, who signed with the New York Knicks this season, has been a glaringly negative on-court presence for them this season. Now, the seasoned point guard has recently been axed from Tom Thibodeau’s rotation, casting a huge cloud on his future in the Big Apple after a hyped entrance in free agency.

The four-time All-Star is far from his Charlotte days, but he still logged more than 20 points per game in the last couple of seasons repping the Boston Celtics. With the right role, even in a more diminished one, he could still be a key contributor. With the Pacers clearly intent on holding on to their uncertain competitive window, doubling down on win-now pieces is the apt direction to take, despite the towering need for a reboot.

Here is one win-win trade scenario for the Indiana Pacers to acquire the disgruntled former All-Star for the New York Knicks.