The Indiana Pacers may be primed to execute a few peripheral trades before the NBA trade deadline passes today at 3 p.m. ET. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Indianapolis Star beat reporter Mike Wells are both reporting that Indiana is active in trade talks involving D.J. Augustin, Gerald Green and Tyler Hansbrough:
As @wojyahoonba reports, Pacers looking to move DJ. Same goes for Gerald Green n Tyler Hansbrough— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) February 21, 2013
The Pacers currently own a 33-21 record and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket, so they may be looking to turn a few minor role players into a better piece or different optimized role players to use in a deep playoff run this year.
Hansbrough ($3.05 million) and Augustin ($3.5 million) are on expiring contracts. Hansbrough will be a restricted free agent this off-season, while Augustin will be unrestricted. The Pacers signed Green to a three-year, $10.5 million deal this past summer, but the 27-year-old reclamation project has since lost his three-point stroke (28.5% on threes this year) and any hint of general effectiveness (7.4 PER).
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