You would think when your team is 20-4 and one of the best teams in the NBA, you wouldn’t be thinking about making trades to make them better, but that is exactly what Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird is doing.
In a recent Q and A with NBA.com’s Mark Montieth, Bird made it clear that if he had the chance to make the Pacers even better, he would pounce on the opportunity:
“If I have an opportunity to make one more move, I’m going to make it … We don’t know what teams are going to do with a lot of their players. I’m not into making big trades, especially with our core group, but if we can pick up a player who can help us, we will do that.”
Bird would go on to say a lot of their decisions revolved around Danny Granger and his health. Granger has yet to play this season due to swelling in his knees and a strained right calf. The Pacers’ bench has shown signs of life, but outside of C.J. Watson and Luis Scola, the bench hasn’t been much better than last season. If Granger can return to even 75 percent, then he could be that final boost off the bench that the Pacers have been seeking.
When it comes to trades, Bird seems pretty open to trading anyone but the core group. What he doesn’t allude to is if Granger is part of that core. If not, then it’s safe to assume Granger, Orlando Johnson, Chris Copeland and Ian Mahinmi are all on the table at this point.
Bird has his targets, his trade bait and the power to make any move he wants. The only question is whether he’ll bring in another Scola or another Gerald Green.