Rewind your mind to a more peaceful time. It was March 3.
The Indiana Pacers were 46-13 with a thriving cast of defensive-minded players and a common goal: secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Fast forward to July 7 and it’s an entirely different story. Indiana earned the top seed in the East, but still managed to underwhelm against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards and, ultimately, the Miami Heat.
Now, Indiana is reportedly approaching blow-it-up mode. Center Roy Hibbert is available for a potential trade.
Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports that the Pacers are indeed considering a trade involving their highly paid big man. Not only has Indiana listened to offers, but it’s gone ahead and pursued potential trade options.
The key: the organization is reportedly attempting to do it as quietly as possible.
After a flurry of rumors dating back a little more than a month, there has not been much to speak of when it comes to the possibility of Indiana moving center Roy Hibbert in a trade. But, according to multiple front-office sources, the Pacers have quietly sought out possible new landing spots for their enigmatic big man.
“I would say they’ve been doing that, but quietly,” one front-office source said.
This is an expected, yet still controversial progression.
Hibbert has gone from the star of the show in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals to one of the most disappointing players in the NBA. He routinely posted goose eggs during the playoffs and struggled to do much of anything for a Pacers team that relies heavily on his contributions.
Fortunately, one season is just a chapter in Hibbert’s career. He can recover.
Here are the teams which can enable Hibbert to recover should he be dealt from Indiana.