East Notes: Pacers, Pistons, Alec Burks, Heat


  • Opposing executives believe the Pacers may be searching for upgrades ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline, with an eye toward players who could serve as a long-term fit, per Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports.
  • Specifically, the Pacers appear to be targeting a power forward, which they have been doing for several seasons, Fischer reported. A knee injury suffered by point guard Tyrese Haliburton could impact what they do at the deadline, he added.
  • Like several others, the Pacers have discussed a trade for seemingly available Hawks forward John Collins, per Fischer. That appears to be a long shot, though, sources told Hoops Wire. (We have the latest on Collins right here.)
  • There is still no timeline on when injured rookie guard/forward Kendall Brown (leg) will return, coach Rick Carlisle indicated. Brown last played in early December.



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