Inside Pacers’ Pursuit Of Ben Simmons Trade With Sixers

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The Indiana Pacers are one of the few teams that sound like they are ready to make some moves at the NBA trade deadline. For a while, there have been people saying that the Pacers needed to shake up their roster and it sounds as if they are finally ready to do so.

It was revealed recently that Indiana was ready to go into a rebuild. Herb Simon made it clear that it would not be a full tear down like the Philadelphia 76ers underwent with Sam Hinkie, but that they would not be afraid to see what some of their young players had.

Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, and Caris LeVert were three of the names mentioned as possibly being on the trade block. Jeremy Lamb, who is on an expiring contract, was someone mentioned as a trade candidate in the offseason and early parts of the regular season. There were some discussions about whether or not 24-year old rookie Chris Duarte would be made available as well.

One player we know who will not be on the move is Malcolm Brogdon. Some NBA trade rumors were floating around that the Pacers were not sure Brogdon was a fit as their long-term point guard, but prior to the season, they signed him to an extension.

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Because he signed that extension, he is not eligible to be traded away this season. But, earlier in the offseason, he was the first player reported as being offered in a trade package for Ben Simmons.

Pacers reporter Scott Agness shared the news on the Setting The Pace podcast.

“Before agreeing to an extension with Brogdon, the Pacers contacted the 76ers one more time about a Ben Simmons trade.”

Heading into the season there was hope that the Pacers would turn into a playoff contender again with Rick Carlisle taking over as head coach. He was the third different head coach for the franchise in three seasons, as Nate McMillan was fired in 2020 and Nate Bjorkgren lasted only one season as the head man.

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Alas, there is only so much Carlisle could do. The Indiana Pacers currently have a record of 14-20 as an early-season hole they dug themselves into has proven difficult to climb out of. While a full rebuild likely isn’t on the horizon, it would not be surprising to see them shake up the roster with a move or two before the deadline.