Rumor: Pacers looking for wing help, shopping Kyle O’Quinn
With the NBA’s trade deadline on the horizon, several teams around the league are still searching for ways to bolster their rosters. One such team is the Indiana Pacers, who are said to be quietly shopping Kyle O’Quinn.
According to a report from Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, the Pacers are looking for a sizable player to help on the wings:
Name to keep an eye on: Kyle O'Quinn. He's been out of the rotation for Indiana most of the season. The Pacers are quietly active in looking for wing help, ideally someone with some size. O'Quinn could be used to get that help.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 5, 2019
O’Quinn, now 28 years of age, is a solid big, but he has all but fallen out of Indiana’s rotation. In 28 appearances off the bench this season, the Queens native has posted averages of 2.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting from the field, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
Whether or not the Pacers will be able to find a suitable trade partner remains to be seen. The team will need to act relatively fast, as the deadline is Feb. 7. Traditionally, Indiana has been known as a team that likes to lay low around this time of year. If the right deal comes along, though, the Pacers might be inclined to pull the trigger.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Pacers were thinking about making a deal with the Memphis Grizlies for Mike Conley. However, those talks have died down a bit.
Building an offer is tricky. To make the money work, Indiana can really offer only expiring contracts, and all of the movable ones are linked to primary ball handlers: Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, and Tyreke Evans. (The Pacers want to re-sign Bojan Bogdanovic, also working on an expiring contract, sources say.) They could toss in their 2019 first-round pick, but that might not be of much interest to the Grizzlies.
The door is closing. Will the Pacers make a move before this season’s deadline?