This Hawks-Pacers Trade Is Centered Around Caris LeVert

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The Indiana Pacers are in turmoil right now as a 10-16 start has sparked plenty of reports and rumors about management tearing this roster down ahead of the trade deadline this NBA season. While they certainly have talented players on their roster, the Pacers have looked very dysfunctional and they really do not seem like they have any chemistry on their team. 

Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are all high-level players, some of which are All-Star quality talents, but time and time again, this team fails to exceed expectations placed on them. 

This season is yet another example of the Pacers’ struggles, which is why it makes sense for them to rebuild. On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Indiana Pacers are moving toward a rebuild and that they are being receptive to trade talks centered on Caris LeVert and either Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner. 

No deals are imminent for this organization, but it should not be a surprise to see them make some sort of a trade before the end of December. Making the playoffs is the last of the Pacers’ concerns right now, especially since their future looks very bleak. 

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Sabonis and Turner will definitely draw interest around the league because of what they can do offensively and defensively, respectively, but Caris LeVert is another high-level trade target for a handful of teams across the league. 

There are definitely injury concerns that come with LeVert, but he has exhibited the ability to be a high-level scorer and is someone who can take a playoff contender to the next level. One team who could show a lot of interest in adding Caris LeVert ahead of the trade deadline this season is the Atlanta Hawks. 

Coming off their run to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, the Hawks basically returned their entire roster from a season ago to try and get better this year, but injuries have really hit the Hawks hard. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish, Solomon Hill and De’Andre Hunter are all out at the moment because of injuries and as a result, Atlanta is left very thin in terms of talent on the wing. 

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Only making $17.5M this season and then $18.8M next season, Caris LeVert could be a realistic trade target for the Hawks and while they are close to the tax line for this season, they can make a trade for him work while remaining under the luxury tax threshold. 

How can the Hawks make this trade work? Let’s take a look at what Atlanta could look to offer Indiana in exchange for Caris LeVert. 

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Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as an NBA Insider and Journalist in 2020 after previously working with Louisville Basketball and FanSided covering the NBA. He was a member of our staff until April 2022.