When the Indiana Pacers were ousted by the Miami Heat from the NBA Playoffs recently, a lot of the blame was cast on Pacers center Roy Hibbert’s inability to show up for his team. He was easily one of the biggest individual disappointments of the playoffs, and that’s when word began to spread that the team may be looking to part ways with Hibbert via trade.
Since then, with all of the free agency hoopla taking place, you haven’t heard much chatter about the possibility of the Pacers seeking to get rid of their big man out of Georgetown.
According to a report from the Sporting News, the Pacers have still been exploring the possibility of trading Hibbert, and the reason we haven’t heard much about it is because they’ve done a fantastic job of keeping is a secret.
“I would say they’ve been doing that, but quietly,” one front-office source said.
It’s no shock that they’re still looking into a trade scenario, but as SN also pointed out, it’s also obvious that they’re going to have a hard time finding a partner, given that there is still two years and $30 million left on his max deal.
But still, even with that, they’re trying.
“They’re open to making major changes, if they’re there,” one general manager told Sporting News. “I think they’d be disappointed to see that same core group back intact, so it is a matter of, how drastic can the changes they make be? Moving Hibbert for multiple pieces would be a pretty drastic change, but they’re asking.”
What do you think? Will anyone step up and take on that contract? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.