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Report: Pacers trying to trade for Goran Dragic

Jul 3, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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For all their stated stability, the Pacers are veering toward a shakeup.

Unsatisfied with Indiana’s contract offer, Lance Stephenson is looking elsewhere. The Pacers, as constructed, can neither offer him more and stay out of the luxury tax nor replace him easily.

But maybe Larry Bird would make a bold move to radically change the team’s makeup. Getting Goran Dragic would certainly qualify.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

That’s a rather ominous “yet,” isn’t it?

I just can’t see it foretelling an actual trade.

Dragic is an excellent player, and the Pacers could definite improve at point guard. With Paul George the franchise player, David West entrenched and Stephenson still in the air, George Hill is definitely upgradable.

I have to think the Pacers want to build a deal around Roy Hibbert – a worse player on a worse contract than Dragic. That could clear the room to re-sign Stephenson, but it’s difficult to see the Suns going for the deal. Beyond the barely desirable Solomon Hill, Indiana lacks young assets to sweeten the deal. The Pacers have all their own future first rounders, but those are slated for the 20s for the foreseeable future and don’t hold much value.

I wouldn’t read too much into the Pacers’ play for Dragic.

I would read a littlie into their desire to do something bold.

  1. Andee - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Unbelievable how fast he’s fallen since the beginning of last season, when Roy was the presumed DPOY and the x-factor in defeating mighty Miami.

    • therealhtj - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      That’s all before the fallout between Hibbert and Paul George. With Hibbert becoming a free agent next summer, getting a quality player in Dragic (although his borderline all star year may be an outlier) wouldn’t be the worst they can do.

      • reesesteel23 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Is it true about Paul George and Hibberts wife??

      • bougin89 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        I don’t think Hibbert is opting out next summer with $15.5 million on the table. He’d be wise to play out the next two years on his current deal and try to get another contract while he is still only 29 years old in 2016.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        bougin89

        exactly. with his recent current play, he HAS to take that money.

        and, IF he plays well for the next couple of years, then he WILL get paid again

    • reesesteel23 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      When you play good ball against the Heat and beat them on occasion you get over-hyped. He was never as good as everyone was suggesting

  2. bucrightoff - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    This makes me wonder if Melo and LeBron to Phoenix is actually possible. After the season Dragic just had no reason to trade him…unless you can upgrade the roster with say Melo and LeBron.

    • alongthegulf - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      I can’t see a trade involving Dragic, unless the Suns fell they can sign Lebron. Dragic was the man that kept the Suns moving and almost got them into the playoffs. The Suns style of play doesn’t messt with Melo style at all. I can’t see Melo in a Suns uniform. That would be a huge step backward. Phoenix fans have always preferred the high tempo offense. The Suns need to keep Dragic to run that high tempo offense.

  3. csbanter - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Would Pat Riley go after Lance Stephenson ? Intriguing As for Dragic is he really as good as his numbers suggest. Playing in a wide open style is much different than running a half-court style offense.

  4. bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I don’t know if this writer, the way he wrote it, thinks dragic is on a bad contract or not but they are not going to trade hibbert for a guard. A good trade for both teams is a sign and trade of stevenson for dragic. The suns get a 2 guard and the pacers get a legit point and put hill on the bench as a combo guard and maybe put george at the 2 and find a small forward or find another 2 guard. Hibbert, who does struggle at times and is over paid is what makes this team different. Their biggest problem has always been at the point on a team that needs a creater other than an inconsistent but good lance.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Hibbert is a worse player on a worse contract than Dragic… seems pretty self explanatory to me.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        asimonett88, yea i know it’s just the clumsey way he wrote it that made it seem like dragic’s was bad but hibbert’s was worse

    • bball242322 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      PG doesn’t play 2 anymore. he is a 3, and will always be a 3

      Stephenson**

      • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        bball, George played the 2 when granger was there and if they traded lance like i proposed he um, wouldn’t be there anymore,um, right?

    • bball242322 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      PG doesn’t play 2. he is a 3, and will always be a 3

      Stephenson**

  5. jolink653 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Why would the Suns want to trade Dragic? There’s no guarantee that Bledsoe will be back and the Pacers have nothing of equal value to offer back to Phoenix. Probably jut Bird calling around to see what’s available

  6. jimfix - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    i haven’t heard anyone mentioning roy in this deal. why would they want roy? financially, hill or sign/trade for lance make more sense.

  7. jadaruler - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Trade Lance for Devin Harris, Wright and a pick.

  8. bparmalee - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Please let this be true!! Hibbert’s overpaid vs production and Dragic is exactly what the Pacers need to run a real offense. I know common sense says this trade won’t happen….. but I want it to so badly.

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