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.
Not to mention, Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner have all been dealing with injuries over the last week or so. Indiana has now lost 7 of their last 12 games and there is definitely going to be some concern within this organization heading into the offseason. This will be something to watch in NBA trade rumors.
Whether or not they make the playoffs at this rate, they will wind up losing in the first-round once again, so where do they go from here? This team has the players, when healthy, to contend in the Eastern Conference, but they could look to make a significant change in the offseason.
Myles Turner has consistently been one of the top defensive players in the league, but could the Pacers look to move the young center for more value in the offseason to help them win games now? If they make Turner available in trade talks, here are three teams who would likely pursue the potential Defensive Player of the Year.