Proposed trade with the Knicks could make the Pacers think twice

Obi Toppin, Indiana PAcers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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For the third straight year, the Indiana Pacers will be out of the postseason loop as the team is virtually out of playoff contention with the regular season nearing its conclusion. Fortunately, this can give the front office more time to assess the roster and see where to make tweaks for the club to wage a more competitive bid in the next campaign.

Much of the premature offseason noise involving the Pacers have revolved on the much-awaited 2023 NBA Draft and the franchise’s litany of draft picks, but the team is also expected to once again be at the crux of the trade market with them still housing some veterans who can be moved to clear more reps for the younger guys on the team.

The Indiana Pacers could still be a hot customer on the trade market this offseason

With Myles Turner, Buddy Hield, and other veterans having turned in strong performances all season long, Indiana is in no rush to move their seasoned pieces just for the sake of pushing the rumor mill to actualize for once. It would be counterintuitive for the front office to invest money and big roles to their older cogs just to fling them away for cap space.

However, one proposed deal with the New York Knicks centered on one of the Pacers’ veteran stalwarts could be something that makes Indiana’s brass go for more drastic measures and re-commit to a full-on youth movement. Let’s evaluate.