The Pacers have a big offseason ahead of them and there are new reports (from high-profile NBA insiders) that the Pacers are currently shopping the seventh pick. Because of this, the question absolutely becomes, who might they trade for?
Brian Windhorst gave us the first piece of the puzzle by telling us what the Pacers were looking to offer and the kinds of players that the Pacers may pursue:
"“Indiana has been talking with people about the 7th pick. I’ve been told they’re trying to get wing players. They’ve been trying to move out of the 7th pick to get a high level wing player now. Which frankly they might be able to if they’re motivated enough.”"
So we know that the Pacers are in the market for wing players. And next, Jake Fischer, NBA insider and writer for Yahoo Sports added what he has been hearing in terms of names and links to other teams of interest for the Pacers:
"“Indiana explored trade scenarios for OG Anunoby and the concept of sending Chris Duarte plus draft capital to Atlanta for De’Andre Hunter during February’s trade deadline, sources told Yahoo Sports. The Pacers are expected to be one team in the mix for restricted free agent Grant Williams as well.”"
All three of these players have been discussed on this and other sites as potential trade targets for the team.
Fans should be encouraged, it looks like the team is being aggressive.
As a Pacers’ fan, all we can hope for is that the team will try and be aggressive this time of year to make changes and put us in the best position to succeed. While we can never be sure how much of these rumors are absolutely true, we can be sure that where there is smoke there is probably some fire, even if it’s only a little amount.