When the 2020-21 NBA season ended for the Indiana Pacers, Kevin Pritchard — the president of basketball operations for the Pacers — uttered in a press conference last month, “I don’t want to be in this sort of middle ground,” Pritchard said during his end of season Zoom news conference Monday, via J.L. Kirven of the Indianapolis Star. “I’d like to either get in or get out. And getting out means looking for picks and I’m not prepared to do that.”
While it’s clear that Pritchard and Indiana don’t want to blow things up, there’s a chance that they are sellers this offseason. Being stuck in the mid-tier of teams that are good enough to sneak into the playoffs but not compete for a title is a peculiar place to be.
The team will need to determine whether or not Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis, T.J. Warren, and Myles Turner are part of their future plans.
The Pacers believe they have enough talent to be a contender in the Eastern Conference. But for them to take the next step, they’d need to add more pieces to the roster, possibly moving some of their current pieces to make it happen.
With Indiana entering what is expected to be an interesting offseason, these are a few trade candidates the team should look to inquire about.