The Pacers have a major offseason coming up and one where they need to make all the right decisions to keep the rebuild on the right path. It appears however, that the team may believe that moving up in the draft is the way they will be able to further the rebuild, at least, according to some insider NBA sources.
Marc Stein, a Pacers reporter, and someone who has been covering the NBA and Indiana for decades reported that:
"“The rumbles are rising in volume that Indiana, which holds three first-round picks in the June 22 draft at No. 7, No. 26 and No. 29, will be looking to move higher up the board on draft night.”"
This was further elaborated by SI columnist and Locked On Pacers personality, Tony East, who has noted that Kevin Pritchard as well as other sources close to the team feel that there is a need to consolidate picks and trying to move up in the draft may be the perfect way to do just that.
This has led some in the media to speculate that the Pacers could be interested in someone like Scoot Henderson, who may fall to three if the Charlotte Hornets take Brandon Miller. But it’s much more likely the other way around given the already present strengths on the Pacers roster in Haliburton and Mathurin, whom Henderson overlaps in many ways.
It seems that the Pacers are hoping to move up, but it’s probably for Miller NOT Henderson.
While I’m sure the Pacers would be happy to have either, its probably more likely that the Pacers are eying Miller or Whitmore who much more naturally fit with the current roster. That being said, if they had the third pick and Henderson is on the board, I see no way that they could avoid drafting him.
As is often the case, where there is smoke, there is fire. Keep your eyes to the news headlines as the Pacers will LIKELY make a move, even if it’s not nearly as flashy as the speculations are.