The Indiana Pacers started to tear down their roster on Sunday as they traded star guard Caris LeVert to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the process, the team acquired Ricky Rubio, who suffered a major ACL injury earlier in the campaign.
Considering Rubio won't be able to play again this season, the Pacers are trying to move his expiring contract as he becomes a free agent this summer.
For now, Indiana is searching for pathways to move Ricky Rubio's expiring contract, sources said, by taking on future salary in exchange for additional draft capital. The same dynamic applies to the Pacers' conversations regarding injured forward T.J. Warren. Jeremy Lamb is another strong trade candidate in Indiana.
Fischer also noted that Rubio could be on the move again before Thursday's trade deadline, which makes sense. The Pacers aren't really benefiting from having the Spaniard on their roster when he can't suit up.
There have been rumblings that the Cavs are very interested in running it back with Rubio when he becomes a free agent given the impact he had. The veteran guard was a massive piece for Cleveland off the bench, giving them reliable scoring and playmaking in the second unit.
As for the Pacers, they're expected to be very busy this week. The rumor mill is even saying Domantas Sabonis is a potential target for the NBA-best Phoenix Suns, but a deal would more than likely happen in the summer if it did. Deandre Ayton is rumored to be included as well.