It seems the Pacers are open to trading shooting guard Buddy Hield after talks on a contract extension fizzled, and not surprisingly, Hield is drawing plenty of interest.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Bucks, Mavericks and 76ers are among those with Hield on their radar.
All three teams could use a veteran perimeter marksman such as Hield, who averaged 16.8 points and shot 43 percent on 3-pointers in 80 games last season. So imagine him next to Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee, or Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving in Dallas, or Joel Embiid in Philadelphia.
Granted, Hield is not an All-Star, but in today’s NBA, anyone who can shoot like Hield is considered a highly important piece.
It’s hard to know if any of those teams have what the Pacers would be seeking — and the Pacers may not have even figured it out for themselves. Philadelphia guard James Harden has asked for a trade, though sources have told Hoops Wire that Indiana would not be interested in Harden.
Either way, what becomes next of Hield, the Pacers and whoever might land him in a deal is worth monitoring between now and the start of training camp on Oct. 3.