The Indiana Pacers seemingly made their first priority in 2014 NBA Free Agency to try and re-sign 23-year-old guard Lance Stephenson. However, after Stephenson rejected their initial offer it became clear that Indiana was looking to address other areas of need. Signing C.J. Miles helped improved their wing rotation, one of those needs. Now they seem to have their sights set on upgrading at the point guard position.
While the Pacers could try and find a bargain on the open free agency market, the organization is seemingly setting their sights infinitely higher. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Pacers have tried to contact the Phoenix Suns in an attempt to work out a trade that would send point guard Goran Dragic to Indiana. Stein also said that there hasn’t been any progress made other than initial calls, but also added the word “yet” with assumed emphasis on that word.
It’s no wonder why the Pacers would be looking at Dragic as an upgrade over George Hill. Dragic emerged as one of the breakout stars of the 2013-14 NBA season, putting up 20.3 points, 5.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 40.8 percent from three. Given all of that, it’s no wonder why the Suns are hesitant to proceed with any trade talk regarding Dragic.
Another reason that the Suns might be hanging up the phone on Indiana right now is the fact that the Pacers don’t exactly have a bevy of assets outside of their core in exchange for the guard. However, Stein also reports that the Pacers could look to bring in a third team to try and make a deal work. That third team is rumored to be the Boston Celtics with Rajon Rondo being one of the pieces that would be moved.
You would have to assume that a deal involving those three teams would ultimately result with Rondo in Phoenix and Dragic in Indiana with other moving parts dispersed between the three sides. That would be an interesting look for both Phoenix and Indiana as both look to improve from impressive efforts last year as a team.
There’s still nothing even remotely certain about a potential Dragic trade right now, but the Pacers are quite savvy for trying to make something out of nothing right now. If a potential deal involved Rondo, that would make it even more of a blockbuster that could change things for two up-and-coming teams in this league. It’s all speculative right now, but it’s also a trade that could give us our first real fireworks of the offseason.