NBA Rumors: Pacers Putting BIG Names On Trade Block!

He came, he saw, he was not impressed. New head coach Rick Carlisle has apparently seen enough now over the first 25 games of the season to recognize that the Indiana Pacers are in need of a major overhaul. 

According to a story in The Athletic, the Pacers will "open up trade conversations" involving star players Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner and Caris LeVert. 
The team's other big-name veteran, Malcolm Brogdon, is ineligible to be traded this season after they signed him to a two-year extension before the season.

The Pacers are a dismal 10-16, 13th in the Eastern Conference, and according to Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz, they are moving towards increasing playing time for their two 1st round picks, Chris Duarte and Isaiah Jackson, which would presumably come at the expense of some of the aforementioned vets.

The 25-year-old Sabonis is coming off back-to-back All-Star seasons, and is averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. But as noted in the report, it's been an ongoing quandary for the Pacers as to whether Sabonis and fellow big-man Turner can co-exist in the same frontcourt. "A break-up is now on the horizon," according to the report. 

And as the Pacers sit dead last in the league in attendance, there's no telling what a long rebuild could do to fan interest. Team owner Herb Simon, 87, has always put the kibosh on any "rebuild" talk, but he's apparently finally ready to get on board with the idea. 

Now, it's just a matter of waiting on the best offers. 

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