The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the Indiana Pacers made not changes to their current roster.
This certainly was a strange NBA trade deadline for the Pacers because they were attacking it on two different fronts. On one side, they were looking for players who could help them win now. On the other end, they made their star player Paul George available for trades.
In the end, they accomplished neither of those goals. They did not trade for any new players or make any changes t significantly upgrade their roster. Also, they pulled George off the market minutes before the 3 p.m. ET deadline came.
Their inability to strike any kind of deal is surprising because team President Larry Bird seemed motivated to make one. Regardless of which direction Bird was going to take the Pacers, it seemed like he wanted to make a move.
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He had interest in big men like Brook Lopez and Jahlil Okafor. It was rumored he had interest in guard Aaron Afflalo, guard Allen Crabbe, and big man Ed Davis. Bird was willing to part with their 2017 first round pick in order to facilitate a trade.
Meanwhile, there seemed to be real interest in George from the Boston Celtics. The Celtics had a lot of draft picks and young players to make a deal worth the Pacers’ time. However, no deal was made. Likely, there will not be details released on if Bird or Danny Ainge held up those talks.
As a result, the 29-28 Pacers moved into the final two months of the seasons with the same roster. They are currently riding a six-game losing streak and are currently sixth in the Eastern conference.
Unfortunately, there is a risk they could fall out of the playoff picture altogether. Only 4.5 games currently separates the Pacers from the 11th place Miami Heat. There will be plenty of competition for the final three playoff slots.
Overall, people should be upset about the Pacers’ lack of activity before the trade deadline. Hopefully, Nate McMillan and the coaching staff figured out some new strategies over the All-Star break.
With this same roster, they need to try something because the clearly were not getting adequate results. Also, holding on to their playoff spot will not be easy.