One of the biggest news stories of the last 24 hours in the NBA has been the news that Kyrie Irving reached out to Lakers’ starLeBron James to see if he would be interested in coming to Dallas. This should perk the ears of Pacers management.
Of course this news lit the entire NBA twitter and social media world on fire as fans desperately tried to figure out if it would even be possible for this kind of movement to happen from both a player and financial standpoint.
Now is it even likely? Let alone even a possibility? Who knows. But in situations like this where large amounts of salary are going to be involved, the Pacers should get themselves into the fray by any means necessary for a handful of reasons.
1. Picks start to get thrown around for being salary dumping situations.
The Pacers have cap space and could handle some salary being dumped around the NBA with the large contracts that are likely needed to be moved to make such a change happen.
2. Players can be obtained on a discount to open up roster spots.
Players that might otherwise be harder to get begin to pry lose as rosters start to make space for a number of players being moved. Given that these stars often don’t want to come to Indiana, we may be able to find ourselves in a situation where we can add depth as stars move around the NBA.
3. It’s just good business to be involved.
Indiana needs to roster build by leaving no rock unturned. It’s just the nature of being a small market NBA team. Because of this, anytime there is potentially a giant disturbance in the team building of the NBA, the Pacers should immediately be on the phone with the franchises involved. To bring in LeBron, the Mavs would have to move SO MUCH SALARY AND PLAYERS. Team in these situations tend to forgo the long-term goals for short-term gains.