After losing in the first-round of the playoffs for the last five seasons, the Indiana Pacers finally decided to make some changes this past offseason and hired Nate Bjorkgren to be their new head coach. With T.J. Warren’s breakout performances in the NBA Bubble last season and Domantas Sabonis coming off of an All-Star season last year, there was a lot of hype surrounding this year’s Pacers team, but all of that went out the window due to numerous injuries.
T.J. Warren injured his foot 4 games into the season and will miss the remainder of the season after having a second procedure done, Jeremy Lamb has been dealing with injuries on-and-off this season and Caris LeVert, who was acquired in January for Victor Oladipo, did not make his season debut until mid-March as he recovered from surgery to remove a cancerous mass from his kidney.
Now, both Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis are both dealing with some nagging injuries and the Pacers as a team are starting to trend downwards. They have lost three of their last four games and are holding onto their playoff hopes this season by their fingertips.
This team definitely has the capability to make the playoffs this season and potentially be a dangerous team, but their lack of consistency and ability to blow fourth quarter leads has hindered their chances to make anything of this season and as a result, we could be seeing some major roster changes in the offseason.
Sabonis made his second All-Star appearance this season and Malcolm Brogdon has been putting together the best year of his career, which is why Myles Turner could be the guy moved in the offseason. There was a lot of trade buzz around him at the trade deadline this year, but the Pacers and Turner both shot down all of the rumors stating that they had no interest in trading Turner.
Oddly enough, they said the same thing in the offseason prior to the start of the season when there was a heavy amount of speculation that the young center could potentially be moved. Are the Indiana Pacers actively looking to move Myles Turner, but just waiting for the best deal to come their way?
The league’s leading shot-blocker is going to have a lot of trade buzz circulating around him in the offseason, but this time, the NBA trade rumors may finally be true. Let’s take a look at a hypothetical offseason trade presented by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz that would send Myles Turner to New Orleans in a three-team deal.