Assessing some of the best potential Pacers trades this offseason

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There have been plenty of Indiana Pacers trade rumors this offseason.

With the 13th pick and a muddled roster, the Pacers are poised to make a move. Rick Carlisle will want alterations to this roster. There’s the small matter of cost, too, with Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon all on significant contracts.

Pacers trade rumors 2021

Kevin O’Connor reported that the Pacers have been involved in talks for some of the highly regarded restricted free agents. Such a deal would involve Turner and Warren along with their lottery pick.

There are plenty of potential Pacers trade targets in 2021. Links with the Lakers and the Warriors have been everywhere.

Let’s dive into some of the Pacers trade rumors 2021, and evaluate the best possible packages this offseason.

Finally get Hayward

Indiana was the lead suitor for Gordon Hayward last offseason. A deal never came to fruition, however, and Hayward penned a massive deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

Charlotte is once again in need of a big man. Just as a Hayward for Turner sign-and-trade featured in Pacers trade rumors in 2020, a Hayward and Turner swap could resurface in 2021.


It works for both parties. The Pacers can put Sabonis at the five. The Hornets get a floor spacer and rim protector to slot alongside LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges.

With Hayward having such a massive salary, the Hornets might also look to land Warren or Jeremy Lamb. This trade could enable Indiana to move up a couple of spots in the draft.

Give the Kings a call

The Sacramento Kings have been at the forefront of the NBA’s offseason rumors. Marvin Bagley’s time with the team looks to be over. Buddy Hield has been linked relentlessly with the Lakers.

Sacramento is also likely losing Richaun Holmes in free agency. Turner would be a great fit with De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. A Turner for Bagley swap with the Pacers moving up to nine would enable Indiana to draft one of the numerous talented wings.

Bagley’s NBA career hasn’t got off to the best of starts, but there’s still upside there. The main risk is Carlisle’s tendency to underuse young players.

Alternatively, they could work a need-for-need swap with Turner and Harrison Barnes.

Hawks move on from Reddish

The Atlanta Hawks are apparently looking to move on from Cam Reddish. While still raw, Reddish has shown flashes of two-way potential. He could thrive in Carlisle’s system if given the minutes.

Salary matching is easy. Aaron Holiday alone could get it done, or the Pacers could expand the deal with Warren or Lamb and take on Kris Dunn’s $5 million for 2021/22.

Reddish’s value is hard to evaluate. Would swapping the 13th pick for the 20th pick be a fair price along with Holiday? Or would the Pacers need to trade out of the draft altogether?

This isn’t exactly a blockbuster of a deal, but Reddish might be Indiana’s best path to adding young, NBA-ready talent alongside their veteran core.

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