Sitting on a disappointing 10-16 coming in on Wednesday, the Pacers could be headed for a major rebuild. athleticism reports that Indiana is considering putting Caris LeVert and one of Myles Turner or Domantas Sabonis on the trading block, as the team has yet to find much success in Rick Carlisle’s first year with this group . It’s an unfortunate situation for the Pacers, who have had to deal with a string of injuries this season. Bubble hero TJ Warren hasn’t played since last December, and the four-man squad of Turner, Sabonis, LeVert and Malcolm Brogdon appeared together in just 13 of the team’s first 26 games, with an impressive net score. of 14.9 when they share the ground.
Still, the Pacers struggled enormously in close games. And Sabonis, a former All-Star, has been strangely sidelined by Carlisle’s ploy so far, averaging his fewest points per night since 2019. (LeVert hasn’t been the same player as either. he was in Brooklyn, averaging his under-19 points as well in addition to the worst shooting percentages of his career.) Of course, with below-par performances and an average record, all roads lead to highs. false trades. Are there any that make sense to the Pacers? Consider the orb of the commercial machine for a minute …
Warriors receive: Domantas sabonis
The Pacers receive: James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, possibly future premiere
One version of this bogus Indiana trade is thrown quite often on NBA podcasts and Twitter, and it’s probably the one that makes the most sense to both parties if the Pacers feel really forced to separate from Sabonis. In fact, I’m a little less optimistic about Domantas’ adjustment to Golden State than most. I think the Warriors would still be great, but I’m not sure that would necessarily maximize everyone’s talents. Sabonis is an elite decorator when given the chance, and he would be a devastating set choice for Steph Curry. He is also a murderer at the station. But what does Draymond Green do in these situations? And when Draymond has the ball up the sidelines? Again, there is more than enough talent for the Warriors to find out about, but it doesn’t quite suit me.
For the Pacers, Wiseman and Kuminga are both strong prospects. I think Wiseman could thrive in a less high-pressure environment with more room to grow, although Myles Turner would probably have to be moved at some point as well. Kuminga has a great stature on the perimeter and should one day become a truly valuable defender. But here’s where every Sabonis trade falls apart for me: why trade a proven All-Star who is only 25 when he can thrive in the right system? If Indy was just average in clutch time, the conversation around the team could be very different, let alone if Warren was in good health. And that’s all without Carlisle really let Sabonis cook. So when I see this trade I wonder why the Pacers don’t try to make it work with their top player first, unless they’re really serious about the lottery.
Warriors receive: Myles Turner
The Pacers receive: James Wiseman, Moses Moody, Damion Lee
You could argue that Turner is more valuable than Sabonis (an argument that Pacers fans and intruders have had for some time), and he could serve a more specific purpose for the Warriors. Turner is more prepared than Wiseman or Kevon Looney right now to contribute on both ends of the floor in a playoff series, and that really is the only reason Golden State is doing this admittedly shaky trade. Turner would be an $ 18million luxury for a team that would likely put him on the bench in tough times, despite being a more complete player than Looney to use in clashes against teams like the Nuggets or Suns.
This might be the best trade the Pacers could make. They could keep their All-Star and see if he finds more success around Wiseman. Or they can rely on Wiseman and future draft picks if they eventually decide to move Sabonis as well. But asking for a former No.2 pick in exchange for Turner seems bold, even if the center is more talented than his role in Indy likely allowed.
The long shot
The Sixers receive: CJ McCollum, Portland’s future first
The blazers receive: Ben Simmons, Myles Turner
The Pacers receive: Jusuf Nurkić, Nassir Little, a different future in Portland first
OK, I don’t see this trade happening because Philly probably wants more for Ben Simmons, but this one intrigues me because while Sabonis’s name gets thrown into the Blazers rumors, I think Turner has a lot more to do with it. meaning to them. He and Simmons would transform Portland’s defense overnight, and while Chauncey Billups would have to mold his covers around Turner, he gets an elite rim protector and one of the best perimeter defenders in the game. Damian Lillard can pick-and-rolls with Simmons, who now plays the power forward, while Turner camps in the corner.
Meanwhile, the Sixers are basically doing the often-talked-about McCollum-for-Simmons swap, putting a knockout shooter in the starting lineup with Embiid, and it’s an instant upgrade given that Simmons isn’t playing. not even now.
But would the Pacers do that? Indy hasn’t really helped Turner’s business value by buying him over the past few seasons, with seemingly no takers. It doesn’t make much sense to me why Turner isn’t more coveted in the league. He defends the rim well and can do enough threes to stay clear on offense. Not much is promising, but playing for a developing team is a lot different from playing against stars. I just don’t know what’s in it for Turner if so many teams have already given up on him.
And this is really the problem with building fake Pacers trades. Do Carlisle and the front office really have the courage to get into the lottery? Because the team is going to take a hit by the time Sabonis or someone else is taken off the roster. Even though the record isn’t good at the moment, there have at least been flashes of some really good basketball and some strategic adjustments that can be made (put Sabonis in the job!) I don’t expect that. that a report like the one on Indy comes out without any serious changes happening soon. But giving up current roster talent is a gamble the Pacers could very easily regret.
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