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Rumor: Pacers discuss trade with Rockets involving No. 13 pick

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The Indiana Pacers own the No. 13 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but they could look to trade it for a player ready to win now after the hiring of Rick Carlisle as head coach. The Pacers just suffered through a disappointing season that resulted in the firing of Nate Bjorkgren, and Carlisle was brought in to help the team get back to their winning ways.

There’s a good chance the 13th pick isn’t ready to help Indiana win right away, so it makes sense that the franchise will explore trade options. In fact, the Pacers have already talked to the rebuilding Houston Rockets about a deal involving that pick, according to J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star.

Indiana is reportedly looking for a player with at least two years left on his deal. Looking at the Rockets, it’s hard to see John Wall being involved here. Eric Gordon and Christian Wood are veterans on longer contracts. Kevin Porter Jr. and Jae’Sean Tate are young players on Houston who have shown they can play.

The Pacers have a stellar starting lineup in place with Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, but they could look to shake things up. There have been rumors about splitting up the Sabonis-Turner frontcourt for a while now, and nobody should be untouchable on this roster.

It will be interesting to see how Indiana approaches this offseason. The roster is talented and Carlisle is a great coach, but more is likely needed to compete with the very best teams in the Eastern Conference.