The Pacers have a freshly agreed-to four-year, $45 million deal with Monta Ellis. The Pacers have also been trying to unload the final year of Roy Hibbert’s contract (which will pay him about $15.5 million) since the second he opted in on draft night. The Mavericks, Ellis’ former team, are currently chasing DeAndre Jordan, and will need a center badly if they don’t get him, having lost Tyson Chandler to Phoenix on Wednesday.
All of this adds up to Dallas and Indiana being logical sign-and-trade partners if Dallas doesn’t get Jordan, and that’s exactly what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says will be on the table in that case.
USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt adds that the Knicks will also be interested in trading for Hibbert if they miss out on Jordan, whom they’re also chasing:
Hibbert’s production has taken a serious dip in the last year and a half, but he’s still 28, and the situation between him and Indiana has gotten toxic at this point. It’s a worthwhile gamble for one of these teams that he’ll be rejuvenated in a contract year with a change of scenery.