The Indiana Pacers currently sit at the 6th seed with a record of 29-28. They aren’t that far off from being a problem for teams in the Eastern Conference, but they are far off from what they were expected to do this season.

With the offseason acquisitions of Al Jefferson, Aaron Brooks, Jeff Teague, Thad Young and rookie Georges Niang, the Pacers were expected to be able to contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the current roster the Pacers have in place, with a few moves, they could quickly become relevant in a chase for the Eastern Conference Finals this year.

Possibly trade partners include Phoenix Suns‘ Eric Bledsoe, and Denver Nuggets‘ Gary Harris.

Eric Bledsoe: The Phoenix Suns are on a full rebuild mode right now. Their expected to finish with a top-3 pick in this year’s draft and already have a franchise player to build around in 2nd year player Devin Booker.

Having Bledsoe, who can help them win, would be useless. Eric Bledsoe is having a career year in all aspects of his game. He is averaging 21.6 points, 6.3 assist, and 5 rebounds per game this season. Bledsoe is on a very cheap deal compared to what he should be getting paid.

The Pacers are open to trading their 2017 1st round pick in order to get a good player. If the Pacers don’t show improvement in the next couple of seasons, there is a very good chance the George will leave to a different team that can contend for a title.

A realistic trade would probably be: Suns trade Eric Bledsoe and Alex Len to the Pacers for Jeff Teague, Glenn Robinson III, 2017 1st, and their 2018 2nd round draft pick.

This trade would give the Pacers a legitimate chance of defeating the defending champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Gary Harris: The Denver Nuggets could very well be a playoff team this year. They sit in the 8th seed with a record of 25-31. They could however not make it to the playoffs with the New Orleans Pelicans expected to make a playoff push with their newly acquired center, DeMarcus Cousins.

A trade involving Gary Harris however would help this Nuggets team a lot. Jamal Murray is the Nuggets rookie and he has been nothing but amazing for the Nuggets. However, he also plays the shooting guard position just like Harris does.

The Monta Ellis experiment should be done in Indiana. He is inconsistent on offense and is a below average defender. Trading for Harris would give them instant offense as he is averaging 13.2 points.

A realistic trade would possibly be: Gary Harris for CJ Miles, 2018 1st, and their 2020 1st round pick.

Being able to get both players would be huge for Indiana.

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