Sources: Indy Reluctant to Trade Picks
Something else teams treasure in the post-lockout NBA: first-round draft picks.
Teams love them more than ever thanks, again, to the new collective bargaining agreement and the new luxury-tax scale on the way. That’s especially true in 2012 with a pool of draftees in June that draftniks will tell you is d-e-e-p.
It’s that sort of thinking, sources said, that has prevented Indiana from doing a deal so far this month and isn’t likely to change between now and next Thursday.
The Pacers are the only team in the league with the available salary-cap space to absorb Chris Kaman’s contract without sending a player back to New Orleans. They also could benefit hugely from the arrival of a sage like Nash and were an offseason contender to sign Portland’s Jamal Crawford, who is already available again via trade. In all those cases, though, sources say Indy is reluctant in the extreme to surrender future first-round picks.