The Indiana Pacers are finally embarking on a long-overdue rebuild. Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz reported today for The Athletic that the Pacers will be taking trade calls on their three best players-- Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert, and Myles Turner.
In need of a new direction amid a 10-16 start to the season, the Indiana Pacers are moving toward a substantial rebuild and are expected to open up trade conversations around some of their veteran stalwarts, sources tell The Athletic.
Multiple sources said that the Pacers are receptive in trade dialogue with rival teams centered on potentially moving guard Caris LeVert and either two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis or center Myles Turner. All three players have frequently garnered significant interest from rival teams.
Of that trio, Sabonis will be most sought after. He's a two-time All-Star and a walking double-double on a reasonable contract, averaging 17.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists this year-- and those numbers are lower than last year. His defense has never been better than average, but Sabonis' growth as a playmaker over the last few years has been notable and he could be a big help in the right spot. He is only 25 years-old and making $18.5 million this year and with a deal that'll stretch until the 2024 offseason around the same salary. He is the kind of tertiary piece teams on the precipice of contention will pursue.
So here are four of those teams.
The Celtics have long been rumored to be interested in one of the two Pacers' big men, and Sabonis would fill a need as an offensive playmaker who takes the load off Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The problem: Boston isn't overflowing with assets like in years past and Sabonis' contract wouldn't fit into the TPE generated by the Evan Fournier trade. Which means they'd be forced to give up Brown unless Indy was interested in Al Horford and pieces, which seems unlikely. Boston doesn't spring for it if that's the case. But if the Pacers are willing to sell low for whatever reason, Brad Stevens will be giving them a call.