Report: Pacers eyeing Ricky Rubio in free agency, No. 4 pick in draft
One of the biggest wild cards in free agency this summer could be the Indiana Pacers, as they have a lot of cap space and could ultimately sign a max player to put alongside Victor Oladipo.
But for now, the Pacers are apparently looking at point guard Ricky Rubio in free agency and have expressed interest in trading for the fourth overall pick in the draft, which is now owned by the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
With both Darren Collison and Cory Joseph being free agents, Indiana is in the market for a point guard, and Rubio could slide right in next to Oladipo and not only make his job easier on the offensive end, but comprise a really good defensive duo with Oladipo on the other side.
The Pacers’ interest in the fourth overall pick is interesting, because it’s hard to see what assets Indiana have that would interest New Orleans outside of Myles Turner, who is probably untouchable.
Indiana does have Domantas Sabonis, but it seems hard to imagine the Pelicans dealing the No. 4 pick in the draft for a player of his caliber.
Remember: New Orleans received the fourth overall selection in its blockbuster trade to send Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Pelicans are already looking for some more established talent and are aiming to flip the pick as a result.
The Pacers won 48 games this past season in spite of losing Oladipo to a major knee injury in January.