The Pacers are staying aggressive ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft, speaking with teams on several fronts and perhaps dangling their picks to land some veteran talent.
Per Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the Pacers and Hawks made progress on a potential deal centered on Atlanta small forward De’Andre Hunter, though those talks eventually fell apart. Some suspect they could be revisited during or after the draft.
The Pacers also reached out to the Warriors to discuss forward Jonathan Kuminga, per Fischer. Hoops Wire sources have said Kuminga could be dealt if the Warriors were to receive a player and pick.
It is believed Indiana would be willing to part with its No. 7 overall pick in exchange for a wing/small forward with length.
Pacers president Kevin Pritchard has already pulled off one deal — sending the Nos. 29 and 32 picks to the Nuggets, though they still have four remaining (Nos. 7, 26, 47 and 55). They also swapped second-rounders with the Lakers, as we relayed here.
Per Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files, Pritchard is “not done yet” when it comes to dart-day deals.
Final pre-draft notebook @YahooSports is live, unpacking news and notes from last night’s Kristaps Porzingis-Marcus Smart-Tyus Jones trade, plus details on Paul George, De’Andre Hunter, Pascal Siakam, the Pacers, Hawks, Lakers and more: https://t.co/8rJYIIbnmj
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 22, 2023